Kensington Palace announced Kate Middleton‘s new private secretary back on July 31, and the woman is way over-qualified. Plus, royal princes from Jordan and Luxembourg graduated Sandhurst.
KP announced 58-year-old Catherine Quinn will take over for Rebecca Deacon as Kate’s private secretary. Quinn will start her role in October.
“Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge has appointed Catherine Quinn as her Private Secretary. Ms. Quinn is currently Chief Operating Officer and Associate Dean for administration at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School and has previously held leadership positions at Middle Temple and the Wellcome Trust.
“Catherine is a member of the Boards of the Charity Commission for England and Wales, the Met Office, and the Royal British Legion. She has an MBA from Oxford University’s Saïd Business School and degrees from US and UK universities.
“Ms. Quinn will begin her new role at Kensington Palace in October. She succeeds Rebecca Priestley, who as previously announced, is stepping down this summer after ten years of service to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.”
I hope Quinn not starting until October doesn’t mean Kate won’t have an engagement until then. There is nothing currently on her schedule, which is normal for August, but I hope she does something between now and October.
Here’s a bit more about Quinn:
“Catherine joined Oxford Saïd at its Chief Operating Officer and Associate Dean for administration and operations from The Middle Temple, where her role as Chief Executive combined direction of commercial and not-for-profit activities, including the running of a heritage estate with Local Authority status in central London and a professional membership and training institution for barristers. Prior to this, Catherine led the grant-giving operations of the Wellcome Trust, a global charitable healthcare foundation, where she restructured the Trust’s services and operations and led the establishment of a sister organisation in India. Before Wellcome, she spent several years in Oxford, where she directed the University’s institution-wide Research Services and co-founded Oxford University Consulting.”
Quinn is very qualified; almost too qualified for the role. I wonder if this hiring is Kate actually wanting someone this qualified to help her get better at her royal job, or if someone else put their foot down. Either way, I hope we see an improvement in number of appearances and quality of speeches moving forward.
Switching gears, the Sovereign’s Parade at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst took place on August 11 in Camberley, England. King Abdullah II of Jordan represented Queen Elizabeth II at the ceremony where Crown Prince Hussein of Jordan and Prince Sebastien of Luxembourg both graduated.
Also in attendance were Queen Rania of Jordan and the rest of their family – Princess Iman, Princess Salma, and Prince Hashem – and Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg with the rest of their family – Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie, Prince Felix and Princess Claire, Prince Louis, and Princess Alexandra.