The Daily Telegraph

Queen’s private secretary steps down at Palace

- By Victoria Ward

THE King will dispense with the services of Sir Edward Young, Queen Elizabeth II’S private secretary, The Daily Telegraph can confirm.

Sir Edward will be kept on for a few months as joint principal private secretary to the monarch in order to help smooth the transition. But it will be Sir Clive Alderton, the King’s long serving right-hand man, who will be confirmed as principal private secretary to both the King and the Queen Consort.

Announceme­nts will be made by Buckingham Palace after the period of royal mourning.

The decision will come as no surprise to members of the Royal household. Sir Clive began working for Charles and Camilla in 2006 shortly after their marriage and has risen through the ranks to become the King’s most trusted adviser.

The former diplomat has been at his side for many years, mastermind­ing his preparatio­n for the top job. He is said to wield huge influence and has been described as “the architect of everything behind the scenes” at Clarence House, one of few aides able to challenge the King when necessary.

The decision to maintain the services of Sir Edward, 55, in the short term to smooth the transition is said to have been amicable, with no power struggles behind the scenes.

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