A team of 11 ladies in waiting are responsible for the health and care of the Queen isabel II, whose state of health worries the British, after not attending yesterday the ceremony of the Remembrance day due to a back injury, to undergo a medical check-up in recent days and cancel his visit to the COP26.
According to him Buckingham Palace, the back problem is not related to the ailment that caused the visit to the hospital, qualifying it as “incredibly unfortunate coincidence”.
Official statements have been minimal, shrouded in an aura of mystery and secrecy, since in her 69 years on the throne, the monarch has only missed the act at the Cenotaph War Memorial, in central London, in six times, four while on tour abroad and two when she was pregnant.
It should be noted that these 11 company women occupy a very important place in the heart of Isabel II, more than ladies, they could qualify as friends and confidants. It only takes a gesture or a glance from the sovereign for them to understand each of your wishes.
They have different job titles from those of other members of the royal family and are appointed, according to their hierarchy: those who assist the queen are chambermaids and the highest rank is held by the ladies of the wardrobe, who usually used to be a duchess .
The queen’s bridesmaids are not all noble by birth, but they often come from good families. According to Point de Vue, they should share interests with Isabel and be protective of her.
But it is the same British monarch who is in charge of choosing them personally. Although their work is unpaid, they are provided with accommodation, clothing and travel allowances.
Ann Fortune FitzRoy, Dowager Duchess of Grafton, is the name that resonates most among these 11 ladies, but in this long list there are also Virginia Ogilvy, Diana Maxwell, Duchess of Farnham, Lady Susan Hussey, Susan Rhodes, Lady Elizabeth Leeming, Mary Anne Morrison, Richenda Elton, Annabel Whitehead and Philippa de Pass.
The truth is that during the last weeks, the monarch’s agenda was full of public commitments, and also that of her private life, since apparently she “does not want to dine alone”, after the death of Felipe de Edimburgo, her husband during 73 years.
This year she has had five public engagements without being accompanied by any other member of the British royal family, and 12 with her children or grandchildren.
Her busy social life and late-night TV watching has taken its toll on Her Majesty. Just remember that quick message sent from Balmoral after 11pm to celebrate the “great achievement” of British tennis player Emma Raducanu when she won the US Open.
A Palace source said the queen hoped to go ahead with her light official duty schedule this week.
BY ISRAEL LÓPEZ GUTIÉRREZ