It’s about Queen employees – a wave of layoffs at Windsor Castle

What would the Queen say to that?

That with the accession of King Charles III. (74) a new wind would blow in the kingdom was clear. But no one expected this icy breeze!

Fear is rife among Royals employees. According to the British “Mirror” King Charles is planning drastic staff cuts at Windsor Castle, one of the favorite castles of his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II († 96). According to “Mirror”, many employees are expected to be laid off in the next few weeks, before the end of the year.

King Charles wants to streamline the British monarchy and is therefore to cut jobs en masse, British media reports

King Charles wants to streamline the British monarchy and is therefore to cut jobs en masse, British media reports

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The British newspaper refers to statements by employees. They are “extremely worried about their future,” a source said. The insider continued, “It’s a tough time. Many have already resigned themselves to giving up the jobs they love. There is a lot of fear among the staff.”

Buckingham Palace has not yet confirmed the rumours.

The Queen had split her time between the two residences: she stayed at Buckingham Palace during the week and Windsor Castle at the weekend. With the beginning of the corona pandemic, she gave up the palace as her place of residence.

And now Windsor Castle is also empty. Charles and his wife, Queen Consort Camilla, 75, are said not to have visited since the Queen’s death. An insider: “There’s an eerie silence.”

During her lifetime, the Queen preferred to live at Windsor Castle in the English county of Berkshire.  Especially after the death of her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh Philip († 99), Her Majesty was drawn there

During her lifetime, the Queen preferred to live at Windsor Castle in the English county of Berkshire. Especially after the death of her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh Philip († 99), Her Majesty was drawn there

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It was actually assumed that life would soon return to Elizabeth’s weekend residence: Prince William (40) and wife Kate (40) should move in here as soon as they are Prince and Princess of Wales.

Yes, the family of five – with children George, 9, Charlotte, 7, and Louis, 4 – have just settled into their home, Adelaide Cottage, near the Windsor estate. There are currently no plans to leave Adelaide Cottage and take up residence at Windsor Castle, a palace source said.

Actually, William and Kate were supposed to move into Windsor Castle with their three kids.  But the plans of the family of five have changed

Actually, William and Kate were supposed to move into Windsor Castle with their three kids. But the plans of the family of five have changed

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Charles drives hard on austerity

Again and again it is said that King Charles after taking office wanted to embark on a tough austerity course in order to make the monarchy fit for the future.

As recently as September, the Guardian reported that long-time employees of the new king feared for their jobs. About 100 employees of Charles’ previous residence Clarence House are affected, including private secretaries, press teams and other court staff.

Royal bargain hunters: Charles and Camilla

Royal bargain hunters: Charles and Camilla

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For many of them, however, there should be socially acceptable solutions – such as jobs in other parts of the royal family or generous severance payments. Some employees become Charles III. It is said that he will continue to accompany him in his new role as king.

The king is auctioning off his horses

In late October, Charles also sold 14 of his late mother’s horses. The auction house Tattersalls, which specializes in racehorses, told the BBC that they were broodmares.

Total auction profit: around 1.25 million euros. This means that each of the noble animals brought in an average of around 89,286 euros.

King Charles III  pets a horse at a date in Scotland in October.  He has now sold some of the horses he inherited from the Queen – and cashed in well

King Charles III pets a horse at a date in Scotland in October. He has now sold some of the horses he inherited from the Queen – and cashed in well

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