Rebecca Deacon, the Duchess of Cambridge’s private secretary and right-hand woman, got married to fiancé Adam Priestley on Saturday 25th March in the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace, an exclusive venue only available to those with a personal connection to the Royal Family.
Royal Central reported exclusively earlier this month that the former Miss Deacon is to leave her post in the summer, after 10 years service to the Royal Family and five years as the Duchess’ private secretary, having taken up the position on 2012.
A spokesperson for Kensington Palace confirmed: “After a decade of service to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Rebecca Deacon will be stepping down as private secretary to the Duchess of Cambridge. She plans to leave the household in the summer. Their Royal Highnesses are incredibly grateful for all the hard work and support Rebecca has provided over the past ten years and wish her well in the next phase of her career”.
Miss Deacon and Mr Priestley were granted permission to marry in the Chapel Royal, the same venue where Prince George was christened in 2013, by the Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge, thanks to Rebecca impressive royal credentials.
The happy couple could be seen beaming to well-wishers as they left the ceremony on Saturday afternoon. Rebecca, 34, was radiant in a cowl-necked white wedding gown and a simple bridal bouquet of white posies and spring greenery.
Now that the new Mrs Priestley is stepping down from her role, royal watchers are wondering who will replace her in her position as Catherine’s private secretary. Royal Central looked at some possible options in a recent report, but of course all remains to be seen.
Often photographed standing discreetly behind the Duchess at public engagements, Rebecca’s duties as private secretary included organising and coordinating the official diary and ensuring the Duchess was adequately briefed ahead of engagements.