Kate Middleton Has Hired A New Private Secretary

Catherine Quinn will begin her new role at Kensington Palace in October, working for the Duchess of Cambridge

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The Duchess of Cambridge's entourage will be welcoming a new recruit this autumn.

Catherine Quinn has been hired as Kate's private secretary, replacing recently married Rebecca Priestley, Kensington Palace has confirmed.

Quinn, who will start her role in October, is currently Chief Operating Officer and Associate Dean for administration at the University of Oxford's Saïd Business School and has previously held leadership positions at Middle Temple and the Wellcome Trust, the Palace said of the appointment.

Kate Middleton with her former private secretary, Rebecca Priestley, in Brisbane, Australia in 2014
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Kate's new aide is also a member of the Boards of the Charity Commission for England and Wales, the Met Office, and the Royal British Legion. She has an MBA from Oxford University's Saïd Business School and degrees from US and UK universities.

Catherine succeeds Rebecca, who announced she would step down this summer after ten years of service to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. A statement issued on behalf of the trio said they were "incredibly grateful" for her commitment to the royal household over the years.

Like Rebecca, Catherine is expected to support the Duchess at public engagements, keeping her well informed on who she is due to meet and carrying the hundreds of flower bouquets and gifts that the Duchess is given every time she makes a public appearance. She'll also be tasked with making statements, responding to letters and organising Kate's diary - something which is likely to become busier this year.

Now that Prince William has stepped down from his pilot role at the East Anglian Air Ambulance, it's likely we'll be seeing a lot more of the Duke and Duchess as they carry out an increasing number of duties on behalf of the Queen.

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