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The Duchess of Cambridge’s former Private Secretary is honoured by Prince William

The Duchess of Cambridge’s former Private Secretary, Rebecca Priestley, has been received by the Duke of Cambridge at an investiture at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday afternoon.

Mrs Priestley was honoured with the Royal Victoia Order at the ceremony – an exclusive award for those who have served Her Majesty The Queen or the Monarchy.

As exclusively reported by Royal Central earlier this year, Mrs Priestley has left her role as Private Secretary to the Duchess of Cambridge after five years in the job.

Before starting an impressive career working for a list of British Royals, she upheld a normal educational path, studying English at Newcastle University. Miss Deacon has worked for the British Royal family for more than ten years.

The regal list of work that Mrs Priestley has conducted includes; working closely with Sentebale – Prince Harry’s charity to holding a position of producers assistant for the making of the concert for Diana in 2007.

The senior role includes looking after the diaries of the Duchess of Cambridge both public and private and when there are royal events or tours the private secretary will carry gifts for the royals and bouquets of flowers.

Mrs Priestley has been replaced by Catherine Quinn who took up the role of Private Secretary a few weeks ago. Ms Quinn has previously worked as an associate dean for administration and chief operation officer at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School.

She is also on the board of four organisations; namely, the Royal British Legion, The National Memorial Arboretum, The met office and The Charity Commission of England and Wales.