Of the Death of Queen Elizabeth († 96) not only leaves your family , but also to her employees, some of whom have worked for the monarch for decades. Photos now show Elizabeth's ladies-in-waiting paying their last respects at Westminister Hall.
The photographs show the ladies-in-waiting, who have already reached a stately age themselves, dressed all in black and looking down towards the coffin. They were allowed to attend a brief together with the royal family on Wednesday (September 14). attend a private service at Westminster Hall , before the hall was opened to the public.
Another picture shows lady-in-waiting Lady Susan Hussey (83), with whom Queen Elizabeth is said to have had a particularly close relationship. She had been in the Queen's service since 1960. The fact that their relationship went far beyond an employee relationship became clear at the latest when Queen Susan acted as godmother for Prince William (40) selected.
The 83-year-old also had an intimate relationship with William's mother Lady Diana († 36). It was she who introduced Diana to the customs and protocols of the royal family before her marriage to Charles. She is said to have become like an older sister for the young Diana.
The role of the lady-in-waiting is considered very prestigious, but is not paid. It is usually held by an aristocratic woman. The main duties of a lady-in-waiting are to take care of private and personal matters, run errands, help the monarch collect flowers at events and do general correspondence.
Lady Susan Hussey is the fifth and youngest daughter of Geoffrey Waldegrave (12th Earl Waldegrave) and Mary Hermione (Countess Waldegrave) and was married to the late BBC Chairman Marmaduke Hussey. (jve)