• Duchess Kate's 'right-hand woman' steps down

    The Duchess of Cambridge's private secretary is to leave her post this summer, Kensington Palace has confirmed. Rebecca Deacon is stepping down after ten years of service to the royal family. She has been Kate's right-hand woman since 2012, the year after the Cambridges married, and also played an important role in their wedding. Often seen by Kate's side at events, Rebecca's duties include organising official programmes and engagements and ensuring Kate is briefed on who she will meet. CLICK TO VIEW GALLERY Rebecca Deacon has worked as the Duchess' private secretary since 2012 Prior to joining William and Kate's team, Rebecca,

  • Revealed: 8 words the royal family never use

    The idea of meeting a member of the royal family is a daunting one. With strict protocols in place and an emphasis on the correct etiquette, it’s hard to know what the right thing to say is – and, it turns out, there are some words best avoided if you are speaking to the Queen or Duchess Kate. Social anthropologist Kate Fox, author of Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour, has studied the linguistic quirks of the upper classes, and identified a list of verbal do's and don'ts when speaking to a royal. Let's take a