Queen breaks Royal tradition
Her Majesty the Queen was due to break royal tradition earlier this month by attending the funeral of one of her most loyal and long-serving members of staff.
Annette Wilkin, 72, died after a short illness, having served on the staff at Windsor Castle for more than four decades.
The Queen rarely attends funerals, only going to those of very close friends and family members, with a representative going in her place for others.
However Miss Wilkin, who worked at Windsor Castle for 45 years, was held in high esteem by the Royal Family who almost considered her part of the family.
She began working as a maid in the royal household while just a teenager, and featured recently in a documentary about her life working for the Queen.
Described as a perfectionist with an eye for detail, Miss Wilkin was in charge of all cleaning, bed linen and maids in three teams at Windsor Castle and Frogmore House.
The Queen was so close to her she gave her a gift of Larch, one of her beloved Corgis, and on Miss Wilkin’s retirement in 2014, she was offered a cottage to live in at Windsor.
She came out of retirement to become assistant dresser for Angela Kelly, who is the Queen’s stylist.
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