Antonella Fresolone has worked for the Royal Family for years. She’s been Prince William and Duchess Kate’s housekeeper since 2013, and before that she worked at Buckingham Palace. On Nov. 20, the Duke of Cambridge gave her a special present to thank her for her ongoing support and work for the family.
Antonella, who is originally from Italy, was given The Royal Victorian Medal at the Palace. The award is given to those who have served the Queen or the Royal Family, and has been handed out since the days of Queen Victoria in 1896. It has three ranks – bronze, silver and gold – and Antonella was presented with silver for her work.
Antonella started working for the Cambridges just before Prince George was born, and has served them since they both lived in Anglesey, Wales. When Kate and William returned to London a few years ago, she started working at Kensington Palace and their country home of Anmer Hall in Norfolk. Prior to that, she spent 13 years at Buckingham Palace and was one of the Queen’s senior housemaids, according to the Daily Mail.
She is a very hard worker, who keeps the Cambridge homes “gleaming, with cushions plumped and candles lit, like a five-star hotel,” the publication reports. Antonella also loves the Cambridge kids! The Daily Mail also reports that she’s known for giving George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis birthday gifts. We’re happy to hear the Cambridges made such a lovely gesture for a sweet person who truly appreciates them.