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The Queen’s loyal staff pay their respects to the monarch on the day of the state funeral

Queen Elizabeth II’s household staff paid their respects to their late employer on the day of her state funeral, many forming a guard of honor outside Buckingham Palace as the monarch’s coffin passed en route to the Windsor Castle in Berkshire.

From her closest confidants and advisers to chefs, communications assistants and cleaners, the Queen’s staff turned out to pay their respects through the ceremonial aspects of Monday’s state funeral.

One of the key members of the Queen’s Household to attend the funeral at Westminster Abbey was her dresser Angela Kelly.

She was known to share a particularly close bond with the monarch, having been granted unprecedented permission to sign a three-book deal writing about her experiences working within the royal household.

Kelly has published two books, Dressing the Queen: Jubilee Wardrobe in 2012, and The other side of the coin: the queen, the chest of drawers and the wardrobe in 2019.

Kelly’s whereabouts sparked speculation in the days leading up to the funeral, as she did not attend the public service with other staff that marked the start of the Queen’s lie at Westminster Hall.

The dresser finally made an appearance at the state funeral on Monday, entering and sitting with Elizabeth’s ladies-in-waiting at Westminster Abbey.

After the funeral was completed, the Queen’s coffin was transported from the Abbey to Wellington Arch north of Buckingham Palace.

When the procession reached the palace, a long line of staff had emerged outside the gates dressed in their uniforms and standing to attention as the coffin passed.

The next stage of the day’s ceremonies, the Deposition Service at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor, will have an even larger staff presence as family members take part in the proceedings.

The service order for incarceration lists a contingent of household staff who will process in the chapel aisle before the coffin. King Charles III and members of the Royal Family including the Prince and Princess of Wales, Prince Harry, Princess Anne and Prince Andrew will follow the Queen’s body.

Members of the household staff will include Lord de Mauley, the master of the horse, as well as the master of the house, Sir Tony Johnstone-Burt, and the director of the royal collection, Tim Knox. This trio will also be succeeded by private secretaries, stewards and the queen’s pages.

One such page is Paul “Tall Paul” Whybrew, who served the Queen for over 40 years and made an appearance in her 2012 London Olympics skit with Daniel Craig as James Bond.

What will happen to the Queen’s staff after her death has been widely reported over the past week. Great Britain The Daily Telegraph wrote that Charles’ staff at Clarence House had been made aware of possible redundancies, due to the overlap between his household and that of the Queen, for which he is now responsible.

Last week a British newspaper The temperature reported that the Queen’s staff were now in a six-month ‘grace period’, which was written into their contracts in the event of the Sovereign’s death. During this time, Charles’s team leader will seek to integrate them into his household or make redundancies.

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