I t was in 1869, shortly after the marriage of Queen

Alexandra, that Miss Charlotte Knollys, then a girl of eighteen went to stay as a guest at Sandring-ham. She immediately won the em of her Majesty (then, of course Princess of Wales), and was appointed an extra Lady of the Bedchamber. Miss Knollys has remained with her Majesty ever since - officially as secretary and a Woman of the Bedchamber, but unofficially as her Majesty's most intimate friend and confidante. Curiouslv enough one of her ancestors was Comptroller of the Household to Edward the Black Prince, while her father held the same position in the household of the late king. And, as everyone knows, Miss Knollys' brother, Lord Knollys, was King Edward's private secretary. As an illustration of the affection with which " Auntie Knollys," as she is known to the royal children, is regarded by Queen Alexandra, it might be mentioned that when a fire broke out at Sandringham, and when, owing to Miss Knollys' promptitude, the life of her Majesty was saved, a gold medal was presented to her bearing this inscription: " To our dear Charlotte, in recognition of her presence of mind in warning us of our imminent peril by fire at Sandringham i 1907." Needlework and reading comprise Miss Knollys' chief recreations.

The Hon. Charlotte Knollys

The Hon. Charlotte Knollys

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