Prince William Just Presented His Beloved Housekeeper with a Special Award

Prince William just honored his longtime housekeeper, Antonella Fresolone, with a super-special award.

Yesterday, the Duke of Cambridge, 37, presented the employee with the Royal Victorian Medal at Buckingham Palace.

During the investiture ceremony, Fresolone wore a black-and-white polka dot dress, which she paired with a chic fascinator. Prince William opted for his classic military uniform (natch).

The appearance might surprise some aficionados, since Fresolone rarely attends public outings. Nevertheless, we’re not surprised that she’s being honored for her service.

What Is The Royal Victorian Medal?

The Royal Victorian Medal was originally established by Queen Victoria in 1896. The award honors exceptional personal service to the royal family.

Fresolone wasn’t the only person to be honored at yesterday’s ceremony. Marnie Gaffney, who is the assistant communications secretary for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, was also designated a member of the Royal Victorian Order by Queen Elizabeth.

How Long Has Antonella Fresolone Worked For The Royal Family?

Prior to joining Prince William and Kate Middleton’s staff, Fresolone worked at Buckingham Palace for 13 years as one of Queen Elizabeth’s senior housemaids.

In 2013, she was hired as the Cambridge family’s official housekeeper just two months before Prince George’s birth. That means she’s been working for the royal family for a total of 19 years. Oh, to know the secrets she keeps.

Congratulations, Fresolone, on your well-deserved honor.


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