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The Guardian has learned that dozens of Clarence House staff have been advised of redundancy as the King Charles and Queen Consort offices move to Buckingham Palace after the Queen’s death.

Up to 100 employees of the king’s former official residence, including some who worked there for decades, received notification that they could lose their jobs just as they had been working around the clock to facilitate his ascension to the throne.

The private secretary, financial office, communications team and domestic staff are among those who received notification during the Queen’s Thanksgiving Service, at St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh on Monday, that their positions were on the line.

Several officials assumed they would be incorporated into the King’s new home, claiming that they gave no indication of what would happen until the arrival of the letter from Sir Clive Alderton, the King’s chief aide. One source said, “Everyone is very angry, including the private secretaries and the senior team. All the staff have been working late every night since Thursday, to be met with this. People are visibly shaken by it.”

Alderton wrote in his letter, seen by The Guardian: “A change in the role of our directors will also mean a change in our family… The body of work previously undertaken in this family in support of the personal interests of the former Prince of Wales and his past activities and household operations will no longer be carried out, And the house will be closed … at Clarence House. It is therefore expected that there will be no need for the jobs that are primarily at Clarence House, whose work supports these areas.”

The King’s private secretary added: “I appreciate that this is troubling news and wanted to let you know what support is available at this point.”

He added that some employees who provide “direct and close personal support and advice” to Charles and Camilla will remain in their positions. It was not understood that final decisions had been made, because the consultation period, which will begin after the state funeral next Monday, must first be completed.

The laid-off employees are expected to be offered alternative job searches in all royal households, help find new jobs externally, and a “booster” surplus payment beyond the legal minimum.

A Clarence House spokesperson said: “Following last week’s accession, the home operations of the Prince of Wales and the former Duchess of Cornwall have ceased and, as required by law, a consultation process has begun. Our staff have provided long and loyal service, and while some redundancies are inevitable, we are working urgently to identify alternative roles for the largest number of employees.”

It is not yet confirmed whether the King and Queen will eventually live at Buckingham Palace. At present, only parts of Buckingham Palace are habitable as it is undergoing major maintenance work that is expected to last for years.

There is speculation that the King, who is rumored not to be particularly fond of the palace, would use it for official purposes such as receptions, masses, investment and banquets, while keeping Clarence House next door. London Homepage.

When his office was asked about this in 2017, when he was still the Prince of Wales, officials said Buckingham Palace would remain the property and the official residence of the king. No detailed information about his potential living arrangements has recently been provided.

According to Clarence House’s annual review earlier this year, King employed the equivalent of 101 full-time employees. There are 31 in the private secretarial office, including private secretaries and secretarial assistants, research, administrative staff and equestrian staff.

A similar number works in the treasurer’s department, while 12 work in his communications office. His family’s 28-member crew includes four cooks, five housekeepers, three valet workers, and a couple of butlers. According to the latest Sovereign Grants report, the Queen has 491 full-time employees.

There is also the question of whether the King will keep the use of Windsor Castle for weekends, and Sandringham House in Norfolk, which the late Queen visited over the Christmas period. The King and Queen Consort also owns residence at Birkhall in the Balmoral district, Highgrove in Gloucestershire, and Llwynywermod, a cottage in Wales.

The new Prince and Princess of Wales recently moved to Windsor, and moved to Adelaide Cottage, keeping their apartment in Kensington Palace for official purposes.

When the Queen Mother died, the Duke of York took over the management of the Royal Lodge in Windsor. While some of its 83 staff members were redeployed within other royal families, others were abandoned.

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