Congratulations, David Young! Queen Elizabeth has hired a new member to her official team following the surprise departure of her current private secretary, Sir Christopher Geidt, who recently resigned from the post. Sir Christopher — who has been with the palace since 2002 — shared a statement explaining his decision to retire from the role following his shock announcement.

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“It has been my very great privilege to serve the Queen since the Golden Jubilee in 2002 and, especially, as her private secretary for the past decade. In that time, as throughout her reign, Her Majesty’s authority has brought stability, purpose, and color to country and Commonwealth alike,” he said. “With the Duke of Edinburgh’s recent decision to draw back from public life, the Queen’s own unwavering commitment as sovereign has the full and active support of the entire royal family.”

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The Queen’s former private secretary, Sir Christopher Geidt. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

“It is therefore with every confidence, and with Her Majesty’s agreement, that I now hand over the responsibilities of the Queen’s private secretary to my successor, Edward Young,” Geidt said in his statement.

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Geidt’s deputy first joined the royal household in 2004. His departure has been described as a shock, with the Mail on Sunday reporting that a dramatic shake-up is taking place as the Queen and Prince Charles try to impose greater unity on the rival “firms,” or households, of the younger royals.

Queen Elizabeth, 91, and Prince Philip, 96 — who retires from royal duty this week — have made no secret that they’re preparing to scale back their work load and hand the baton over to the younger generation.

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Kate Middleton has also made changes to her team with the hiring of Catherine Quinn as her new private secretary. Taking over the role from Rebecca Deacon, the new appointment has an impressive resume. Catherine is currently the chief operating officer and associate dean for administration at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School.

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This post was written by Chloe Lal. It originally appeared on our sister site, Now to Love.