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Rebecca Deacon to Wed Adam Priestley!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Well, some very fun news from Kate's world tonight, and I am not referring to the July trip to Germany and Poland. Rebecca Deacon, Kate's longtime personal secretary, who many of us enjoy seeing in pictures during Kate's various engagements, is engaged to be married


Some of you likely followed the drama in Kate's household when Rebecca Deacon and Nick Loughran, (William and Kate's media advisor) split after a two year relationship. Much of that story was speculation, but at the least I think we can all agree...awkward. Happily,
the lovely and unassuming brunette will wed Adam Priestley at the end of this month! 


Her friend and boss, the Duchess of Cambridge, has been helping assure her right hand gal gets the picture perfect wedding. According to  Sebastian Shakespeare, Rebecca's wedding will take place at the prestigious Chapel Royal:
The intimate ceremony at the chapel — where Prince George was christened in 2013 — will be followed by a champagne reception at St James's Palace, and dinner and dancing for 120 guests at the Westminster Boating Base. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expected to attend.
Because her job requires her to shadow Kate on almost every engagement, both in Britain and overseas, she has forged a closer relationship with the Duchess than any person outside of Kate's personal inner circle. Her adventures from Queensland to Canada to Bhutan have been remarkable. She must have some incredible stories to tell. 


This picture captures her ring:


I am thrilled for Rebecca and extend best wishes to her and huge congratulations to her lucky guy. I hope we get a few wedding pictures. :)

46 comments:

  1. Congratulations to Rebecca! How exciting to have Kate help out with the locations and who knows what else! I'm with you, Jane, I hope there are photos of the exciting day!

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  3. Yay! I always wonder what it is like to serve someone so close to you in age. I think she does an amazing job. All the happiness to her.

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  4. Jane, I would love it if you could provide some information about Adam Priestly. I googled him but turned up a soccer player who I'm quite certain is too young.

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  5. Is this their announcement? http://announcements.telegraph.co.uk/engagements/207579/mr-a.a.-priestley-and-miss-r.a.-deacon

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    1. It seems to be correct from what I've read about Rebecca's family. Interesting that it says the announcement was placed four months ago. We're experiencing some of that famous discretion on this one!

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  6. She's lovely! I hope we get a pic of the wedding dress - and also one of Kate at the wedding too

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  7. Who is Adam Priestly - does anyone know?

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  8. Happy for her!! Congrats! Do we know anything about him?

    BTW, Jane, you extend wishes at the end of your post like someone who has spoken with Rebecca and knows her, at least professionally... I have always thought that they keep pretty close tabs on Kate blogs, as a way to keep their ear to the ground. Perhaps my suspicions are correct?

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  9. Sonja from BavariaMarch 4, 2017 at 3:44 AM

    Oh my god, I am SO EXCITED about the upcoming visit to Germany! I so hope that they will visit a city that is not too far away (not more than circa 2 hours) from the town where I live, like Munich or so, so I can be there and see Kate and William! Fingers crossed!

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  10. Congratulations Ms. Rebecca Deacon!!! She too deserves a "royal wedding". She's very loyal to kate. Excited for the wedding pictures and if what Kate will wear and ofcourse if what rebecca will wear too. Hopefully you can share that to us Jane.

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  11. Felicitciones!!!

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  12. "She must have some incredible stories to tell." And I bet she never will.
    Discretion is a rare & valuable quality.

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  13. I wonder if Rebecca will leave her job after she's married? While it is a salaried position, it seems fairly demanding and irregular timewise depending on Kate's schedule. And if W&K are "stepping up" as reported...I'm sure it's an exciting job but I wonder if she'll want to focus on her marriage for a period of time (as Kate did) 

    Has N. Archer gotten married? I know her engagement was announced in the fall.

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    1. Miguel Head, William's private secretary is married, Jamie Lowther Pinkerton, the former Private Secretary is married. We really haven't seen massive turnover in the Cambridges staff. Basically only the press people have changed. Once William becomes Duke of Cornwall, the staff level will increase dramatically.

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    2. I wasn't suggesting the Cambridge staff members had to be single. But I wonder if RD will want to keep up the pace and travel obligations when she is first married. And like it or not, it is more common for women to be the spouse who does not work when "focusing on a new marriage" than for men to do that. I am sure you are right though their staff will grow in the future.

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    3. I think Rebecca may leave her position if she has children. The demands of this job would be difficult to navigate with young children at home.

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    4. I was thinking the same, Faith. This schedule wouldn't be easy if she had children.

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    5. She probably has more flexibility working at KP than she would have at a regular job. Other than the trip to Australia and New Zealand the Cambridges are probably only out of the country on royal tours around 15 days. There is a long dead period of royal activity around the holidays and August. Emma Probert the lady RPO had a child and still came back to work. She was behind the Cambridges at the BAFTAs. The upper end of the royal staff also get grace and favor residences as part of their compensation. That's a big perk especially with the prices of housing in London

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    6. You're right, Skippyboo, that the grace and favor housing would be a huge plus to staying in her position. One of the best addresses in the best part of London!

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    7. I guess it's all in how one looks at it Skippyboo. Of course RD's job must be very interesting and exciting. But while many 9-5 M-F jobs don't have that much "flexibility" (other than limited sick leave, vacation leave and personal leave) they may not carry the responsibility a PA job to a royal carries to work ever-changing hours either (e.g., early days and late nights all in the same week) or to do overnight travel as much as 7-10 days at a time. Plus, it seems when there IS any type of travel, RD probably leaves home and gets home a bit later than her employer! (If for no other reason that she is likely on duty before and after a trip.) All those things can be a challenge in the early days of a marriage it would seem. Of course, it's possible when Kate is out of the public eye, RD is often "off" but that's not the impression I had. And while I don't know what RD earns or what her future husband earns, I doubt its enough to pay a live-in nanny if they do have children. (And irregular hours tend to make childcare more difficult without live-ins) But as a salaried worker and not a true LIW I guess she would be entitled to a yr of maternity leave if she has a baby. And if free housing is possible it would definitely be a big bonus! So I guess we'll see.

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    8. Rebecca isn't a PA. She is the Private Secretary to the Duchess of Cambridge. She in charge of the schedule. She isn't going on a coffee run or picking the dry cleaning. She even has her own personal assistant Sophie Agnew. Natasha Archer is Kate's PA.

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    9. Yes, it does depend on how one looks at it. Without a doubt, there are perks to the job and it may be less structured than the typical 9-5 job, but what about the behind the scenes duties that we are not aware of? In my mind, it's an "on call" position that must make it rather tricky to have a normal private life.

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    10. I later realized I wrote PA not PS but thanks for the clarification Skippyboo. 


      The photos I've seen of RD have often been of her doing what I think of as "assisting"--collecting flowers, toting luggage, carrying large tote bags to events presumably full of more than a steno pad-- maybe carrying some things that don't fit in Kate's clutch bags. So I guess its hard for me to reconcile those photos with RD being a traditional royal "private secretary" much less being primarily a "scheduler." I also did not realize RD had her own personal assistant. When W&K go abroad I know an advance team goes months before and sets things up. Some team members are security of course. But the ones on the advance team who assist with planning the actual itinerary,  would that be folks like RD? Or would they be folks who report to RD? Who prepares Kate's briefings for appearances? I guess maybe I don't understand what RD actually does. She always seemed like a "Gal Friday" to me (somewhat like a tradional LIW) and as royalfan said, very likely "on call." I'd also think there would be lots of behind the scenes work.

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    11. Skippyboo is correct. RD is her private secretary as is Miguel Head to Prince William. They are in charge of scheduling and attend with them on engagements. Because there is no LIW, RD doubles up in that role on engagements. The Malta trip is an example. RD went with William because she had arranged schedule and not Williams secretary. RD has her assistant who reports to her.

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    12. I would think RD gets more time off than the average working professional. Yet, as Kate's duties increase, so will RD's. As far as flexibilty, I'm sure to some extent, during down time, she may be able to make her own hours and work from home but when Kate is working, so is Miss Deacon. That involves very early mornings, late evenings, weekends and extended overnight travel. Plus, she's not just working when Kate is. She's responsible for making it all come together even if she does have help. For example, I can imagine weeks before a tour, her schedule must be grueling. The job is a demanding one.

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    13. It may be more flexible if Kate hires a proper LIW position so Rebecca doesn't have to do double dity

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  14. Congrats Rebecca & Adam, how lovely! Her man is elusive...can't find him anywhere?!

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  15. He works at BUCS in London, and has a son. He ran the London Marathon last year for Coppafeel.

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    1. Good detective work, Anonymous!

      Is it "Priestly" or "Priestley?"

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  16. If it is the Adam Priestley at BUCS, he's cute!

    https://www.youtube.com/user/priesterz999

    https://twitter.com/aapriestley

    Belle

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    1. Thanks for that, he is cute, go Becca! ;)

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  17. I wish Kate would get her hair cut to Rebecca's length!

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    1. I veto this idea!!! (Lol)

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  18. Great news! But really, a deacon marrying a priest (ly)? Too funny!

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    1. Yea, she's the daughter of a Vicar in the Church, with a last name of Deacon, and her married name will be Priestley. Hmmmm.

      Belle

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  19. Congratulations to Rebecca. Hope she will be very happy. I imagine she might want to stay on with Kate. It's a pretty fun job, albeit time consuming, but I think W & K are nice to their employees. I hope they are anyway.;)

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  20. http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/wiltshire/hi/people_and_places/religion_and_ethics/newsid_8489000/8489875.stm
    Very interesting

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  21. When I see Rebecca I just can't help thinking of Bridget Jones (Renee Zellweger) :)... I don't know why :) in my eyes resemblance is striking :)

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    1. Sonja from BavariaMarch 6, 2017 at 12:57 PM

      Yes!!

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    2. True but I have a feeling she doesn't sneak a crafty cigarette and drink too much Chardonnay somehow!! Linda

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  22. It's been announced tonight that Rebecca will indeed resign in the Autumn.

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  23. Thank you for sharing this lovely story. Always wish more photos of Rebecca were shown. She has been an elegent person along side Kate. Gracious & humble. Felt so sad when her relation with Nick didn't work out. So happy she has found the man of her dreams. She deserves some great happiness . I hope she & Kate continue their close friendship.
    I look at the ladies that are currently possibly wanting to toss In their heir hats to fill this position. Personally they appear a bit on the wild side? Please keep us posted Jane so enjoy your blog.

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