Queen honours William and Kate’s housekeeper with medal award
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s housekeeper has been awarded an Honorary Royal Victorian Medal by the Queen.
Antonella Fresolone works at William and Kate’s Kensington Palace home looking after the domestic arrangements for the apartment.
She has been awarded a silver medal by the Queen under the Royal Victorian Order (RVO).
Awards under the RVO are in the Queen’s gift and are bestowed independently of Downing Street to people who have served the monarch or the royal family in a personal way.
Ms Fresolone is reportedly from Italy and before taking up her post with the Cambridges in 2013 was employed as one of the Queen’s senior housemaids, working her way up to the position during a 13-year career at Buckingham Palace.
Also recognised by the Queen is Clive Alderton, principal private secretary to the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, who is made a Commander of the RVO.
Mr Alderton, a former ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco, is serving his second stint working for Charles and Camilla.
Originally a diplomat, he was a deputy private and then private secretary to the couple during the 2006 to 2012 period, before returning to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to take up his role as an ambassador.