What was it like working for the Queen? woman her dresser for 20 years

THE death of Queen Elizabeth II has brought great sadness to many around the world.

And for a woman who has served the royal family for 20 years, working as the queen’s dresser, it has a special resonance.

Julie Weldon, now 50, began working as a housemaid for the royals in May 1997, working at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle during her time.

She progressed rapidly and eventually became Her Majesty’s dresser around the turn of the millennium.

Julie saw the Queen every day for years, choosing her outfits and putting things in her purse.

She finally left in 2017 after 20 years of service to the royal family and says she has “many wonderful memories”.

The Argus: Julie Weldon worked for the royal family for 20 yearsJulie Weldon worked for the royal family for 20 years

Julie said: “I was interviewed by the lady-in-waiting and got the job and was posted to Windsor Castle.

“I spoke to her every day and was her personal dresser.

“I have many wonderful memories and many beautiful stories. She was the best boss, she was the nicest lady, I don’t have a bad word to say about the queen.

“She had a good sense of humor and she always had Radio 2 on with Ken Bruce and had a very good memory.”

Julie, from St Helens, has traveled abroad on the job and has received four medals for service; one for the Golden Jubilee; Diamond Jubilee; for long service and the Royal Victoria Medal (RVM), which she received from Prince Charles.

The Argus: Julie receives the Royal Victoria Medal to the then Prince CharlesJulie receives the Royal Victoria Medal for then-Prince Charles

Julie said she has so many anecdotes from her time with the Queen, including when Her Majesty arranged one of her corgis for her parents.

“He was the best dog ever and everyone in St Helens knew her as the Royal Corgi.

“In 2012 I got my RVM and she (the Queen) said whether I wanted it from her or the Prince of Wales. I said ‘I’m not funny, I see you every day, I’ll take the Prince of Wales’.

“When it was my turn to go upstairs, he said, ‘Mommy sending her all the love, she’s sorry she can’t be here today.’ It was beautiful the way he said it, it was very sweet. King Charles is a lovely man, I have met him many times.

“I went to his wedding with Camilla, met Princess Margaret and remember William and Harry riding their bikes down the corridors.”

Juile added that the Royal Train is “always fantastic” and that she has enjoyed many garden parties and occasions.

“She was always checking, ‘Are you being fed?’ she was really thoughtful.

“I got so many messages and comments. I was ill with Covid and saw the news on Thursday. It just didn’t feel real to me, it still doesn’t feel real, it’s surreal.”

She added: “I remember one day they were talking on the radio about a funeral, I think it was Margaret Thatcher’s, we were at Balmoral.

“The Queen said, ‘I hope there won’t be too much fuss when I die.’ I said, ‘I think there would be’, and she said, ‘You think so?’.

“Now she would say, ‘Julie was right, there’s a fuss!’

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