In today's post we take a look at the key figures in the royal trio's team who provide an invaluable support system to the royals, working behind the scenes to ensure everything from royal tours to informal engagements go seamlessly. I think you'll recognise a few of the faces :)
Principal Private Secretary and Equerry to TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and HRH Prince Harry - Mr. Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton.
I don't think any member of staff has been quite as instrumental in advising and shaping the way the young royals present themselves as Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton. Born in 1960, he trained at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst (William and Harry also trained there) in 1979 and joined the Irish Guards where he was attached to the Special Air Service throughout his twenty year career where he was described as an especially capable officer.
He served as equerry to the Queen Mother from 1984 to 1986, and for his services was appointed Member of the Royal Victorian Order. He became William and Harry's private secretary in 2005 and has forged a strong bond with the Princes. Jamie is a strong-minded, intelligent man who never leaves anything to chance.
Jamie accompanied William on his 2010 visit to New Zealand.
Mr Lowther-Pinkerton is married with four children and lives in Suffolk. His son William (the dark haired boy) was a page boy at the royal wedding in 2011.
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Last week, Jamie became a Lieutenant of the Victorian Order (LVO).
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Private Secretary to HRH The Duchess of Cambridge - Miss Rebecca Deacon.
If you've followed Kate's official appearances for any length of time you will have noticed a young brunette who is almost always by Kate's side. Rebecca Deacon is Kate's right-hand woman tasked with organising her diary and numerous other duties.
30-year-old Rebecca is the daughter of a female vicar and an army major, who passed away when she was three. She studied English at Newcastle University before catching William's eye while working on the 2007 Diana concert where she worked as an assistant to producers helping the event to go smoothly. Rebecca is roughly the same age as Kate which must be nice for the Duchess.
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Rebecca is known for her trustworthiness and organisational skills. No doubt she will become an even more invaluable member of the team when Baby Cambridge arrives. Below we share a great photo from the Olympics of Kate, Rebecca and Kate's protection officer Emma Probert (we'll look at the Royal Protection officers in a future post).
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Private Secretary to HRH The Duke of Cambridge - Miguel Head.
Mr. Head was raised in suburban London and went to Bancrofts, a small public school in Essex. He joined the Ministry of Defence press office in his early twenties and served as liaison with Clarence House when Prince Harry went to war in 2007. Editors agreed to a media blackout to allow Harry to serve in Afghanistan but when foreign media gave the game away Mr. Head's handling of the situation went down so well the Princes decided to hire him. Miguel Head is also credited with handling the French paparazzi's photos of Kate with aplomb.
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'Having come from the Ministry of Defence, Mr Head understands the Princes's desire to put their military careers ahead of royal duty. Being seen to do brave things in uniform has done wonders for their public image.'
Miguel (far right) at a polo match with Kate at the Beaufort Club in 2009.
Personal Private Secretary to HRH Prince Harry - Miss Helen Asprey.
Helen is one of the aides closest to the young royals. In 2010, she was Personal Private Secretary to both William and Harry and she was made a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order and is credited as one of the royal wedding's key organisers.
Helen accompanied Kate on her secret visit to Westminster Abbey on the evening the engagement was announced.
Senior Adviser to TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and HRH Prince Harry - Sir David Manning.
Sir David Manning was appointed as an adviser to William and Harry in 2009 at the request of the Queen when they formed their joint private office in 2009. Her Majesty is said to have been keen to ensure they have a "wise man" helping them. Sir David served in embassies in India, Poland, Israel and Russia before becoming an adviser to former Prime Minister Tony Blair in the run-up to the 2003 Iraq war. The family turned to Sir David to give Kate advice and mentoring on the role she was about to assume.
The Duchess reportedly still holds meetings with him on everything from foreign affairs to constitution. He is described as charming diplomat who never gives anything away.
Press Secretary to TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and HRH Prince Harry - Ed Perkins.
37-year-old Ed Perkins was appointed as the new press secretary in September 2012. A professional journalist from Wales who loves Rugby, Ed graduated from Cambridge University with a Ph.D and spent his first five years at the Palace as press secretary to the Duke of York. He played a huge part in assisting with the Diamond Jubilee coverage.
Assistant Press Secretary to TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and HRH Prince Harry - Nick Loughran.
Nick Loughran is a former press officer at the City of London Police and is known as a professional who always goes the extra mile. Seconded from Buckingham Palace, he joined the Cambridges on the royal tour last year.
William, Kate and Harry have a strong, intelligent and trustworthy team in their office, all excellent choices in my opinion. What do you think of the royal staff?
No word yet on William and Kate's Easter plans. Kate was spotted in Waitrose in Anglesey shopping for scallops this morning, perhaps they'll travel to Berkshire over the weekend and spend it with the Middletons? Or possibly with Charles and Camilla?