This is the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s second visit to Canada. They first traveled to the Commonwealth’s largest country in 2011 – a few months after their wedding anniversary. Back then they brought seven staff members with them on tour. This time though, along with their children and security provided by Scotland Yard, they have traveled with a 12-strong entourage. Here are the key players who ensure things run smoothly for the four royals.
There are many crucial details that need specific attention: Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s care, the Duchess’s hair, outfits and accessories, the diaries and media and press management. There are three private secretaries, four press officers, one tour secretary, one operations manager, one personal assistant, one hairdresser, and one nanny, according to The Sun.
Here’s how it all breaks down and who does what:
Amanda Cook Tucker is a hugely important member of the team. She is the lady who styles Catherine’s hair. She has been shaping her tresses in to elegant updos & chignons and sleek blowdries since the Cambridge’s toured Malaysia and Singapore in 2012. Amanda is responsible for keeping the Duchess’ hair in perfect condition. She is on-call throughout the day for touch-ups and restylings if needed. She was one of the first to enter the Lindo Wing after the births of both Prince George and Princess Charlotte to style Catherine’s hair. She was also a guest at the couple’s wedding in 2011.
Amanda also cuts Princes William and Harry’s hair and she will most likely get her hands on George and Charlotte’s hair in the not too distant future.
Spanish-born Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo was trained at Norland College, an exclusive British institution that has been training nannies for the wealthy since 1892. The 45-year-old has been living with William and Catherine in Kensington Palace and Anmer hall since Prince George was six months old. Maria looks after the royal children when their parents are on duty. She has been seen feeding the geese in the Kensington gardens with them. The Duchess has called her “amazing” and she attended Princess Charlotte’s Christening and the Queen’s birthday.
Natasha Archer, (or Tash, as she is known to everyone), works as Catherine’s Personal Assistant. She’s been with the Cambridge family for over three years now and is credited with selecting the blue and white dress the Duchess wore when exiting the Lindo Wing after Prince George’s birth. She now serves as her stylist as well, deciding on outfits, jewellery and other accessories for appearances and tours. She recently became engaged to Getty photographer, Chris Jackson. According to The Sun, Natasha attended: Uppingham boarding school before reading Hispanic Studies at King’s College London. Natasha can usually be seen carrying makeup cases, bags and other fashion accessories needed by the Duchess.
Three Private Secretaries are in Canada with the Cambridges. Miguel Head is Prince William’s Private Secretary. The 37-year-old has been working with him since 2012. Before serving as William’s secretary, Miguel worked as the Head of Communications for the palace. In 2007, he acted as ‘liaison’ with Clarence House when Prince Harry went overseas to Afghanistan. In 2011, the same year of William and Catherine’s wedding, Miguel entered in to a civil partnership with his longtime partner. He is the first senior royal aids thought to do so.
Catherine’s Private Secretary, Rebecca Deacon, has been working for the royals in some capacity for ten years. Before she had the fortune of looking after the Duchess’s public and private diaries, Rebecca first started working with Prince Harry’s charity, Sentebale. She served as a producer’s Assistant for the 2007 concert For Diana. Before working for the royals, she studied English at New castle University.
During events and tours, she is the one seen carrying all the flower bouquets and gifts for the royals. She was promoted to Private Secretary in 2012. This is the most senior role in Catherine’s household.
Rebecca is assisted by St Andrews history of art graduate Sophie Agnew, who also acts at the Tour Secretary. It is her job to assist the Private Secretaries if needed. Sophie is Rebecca’s Personal Assistant and ensures the tour, and everything related to it run smoothly without any hiccups.
Laura Baker is the third secretary on this tour. She used to work for Prince Charles. She now serves as Prince William’s Assistant Secretary. According to The Mirror, Private Secretaries are: “Responsible for accompanying their principles to and overseeing all engagements as well as briefing the royals beforehand, they can often be seen laden with gifts and flowers handed over by the crowds.”
American-born Jason Knauf heads the team of four press officers on this tour. He’s been working for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge since last year as their Chief of Communications. Jason is responsible for devising the three young royals social media strategy.
According to his LinkedIn profile, Jason previously worked for the Royal bank of Scotland, HM Treasury, and the government of New Zealand’s Deputy Prime Minister. He attended the London School of Economics.
Katrina McKeever has been with the Royal Family since 2013. Before working her way to Senior Communications Officer, Katrina worked for the Metropolitan Police. Press Officer, Charlotte Poole is also working on this tour in the same capacity. Both women accompanied the royals to their tour of India and Bhutan earlier this year. Jason, Katrina and Charlotte are responsible for managing the social media accounts of Kensington Palace on twitter and Instagram.
To the avid royal watcher or casual observer, the Cambridge family appear flawless and well put together. There’s a team carefully coordinating every step, outfit and engagement down to the second, tiny thread and minute detail. It’s these people behind the scenes who deserve the credit for keeping William and Catherine in tip-top form.