Who Is Lady Lansdowne, the Official "Queen's Companion"
Queen Camilla was joined by two "ladies in attendance" as she was coronated next to husband King Charles III. These special women were her sister, Annabel Elliot, and her longtime friend and current queen's companion Lady Lansdowne.
Though Queen Elizabeth II had six maids of honor—who carried her dramatically long train and stood by her throughout the ceremony—at her coronation in 1953, Camilla's choice to only have two goes along with the royal family's decision to have a more pared-down ceremony this time around. It's unclear what exactly their roles will be on the big day.
Ahead, see everything we know about the two women.
Annabel, an interior designer and antiquities dealer, is Camilla's only living sibling; their brother, Mark Shand, tragically died in 2014. She will be joined at the coronation by other of Camilla's family members, as the queen consort's grandsons Freddy Parker Bowles and Gus and Louis Lopes, and her grand-nephew (Annabel's grandson) Arthur Elliot, will be her pages.
Fiona Mary Petty-Fitzmaurice, Marchioness of Lansdowne, is a longtime friend of Camilla, and one of her six queen's companions.
Last year, BAZAAR.com reported Camilla broke royal tradition by appointing six friends as her queen's companions rather than choosing ladies-in-waiting. "The role of Queen’s Companion will be to support The Queen Consort in some of her key official and State duties, in addition to her Private Secretary/Deputy Private Secretary," Buckingham Palace said in a statement at the time.
Speaking of the queen consort and the upcoming coronation to the Sunday Times last month, Lady Lansdowne said, "She is fiercely loyal to friends and that will be reflected in who goes to the big day. She wants to be loyal to the people who’ve stood by her."
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