Speculation amongst Buckingham Palace staff was rampant last night as the Queen’s most senior aides called her entire household to an emergency meeting today.
The employees will be addressed this morning by the Lord Chamberlain, the most senior officer of the Royal Household , and Her Majesty’s right-hand man, Private Secretary Sir Christopher Geidt.
Meetings involving the entire household staff are occasionally called, but one such as this at the eleventh hour is “highly unusual”.
We’ll have more updates as soon as we know. An announcement is due at around 10:00 am GMT.
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