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Buckingham Palace announces Camilla’s Queen’s companions – not the traditional ladies-in-waiting | UK News

The Queen Consort has appointed the women who will support her as she carries out her official and state duties.

Camilla, 75, will have six Queen’s companions, not traditional ladies-in-waiting, in addition to her private secretary and deputy private secretary, Buckingham Palace has said.

They are her friends:

• Sarah Troughton
• Jane von Westenholz, mother of the woman who introduced Prince Harry to his future wife Meghan Markle
• Fiona, the Marchioness of Lansdowne, an interior designer
• Lady Katharine Brooke
• Baroness Carlyn Chisholm, a non-affiliated peer
• Lady Sarah Keswick, whose husband, Sir Chips Keswick, retired as Arsenal chairman in 2020 after spending 15 years on the board at the north London football club, according to Tatler

It is believed their duties will be similar to those carried out by the Queen’s ladies-in-waiting.

Some of the ladies will appear publicly with Camilla for the first time at a Violence Against Women and Girls reception on Tuesday at the palace.

There is still a role for the ladies-in-waiting who worked for the Queen: Lady Susan Hussey, Mary Morrison and Dame Annabel Whitehead will now be known as ladies of the household.

They will continue to assist the King in hosting formal occasions at Buckingham Palace.

Camilla has also appointed her equerry – Major Ollie Plunket, of The Rifles, who will look after her diary and accompany her at official events.

Remote Scottish peat bog to become British mainland’s first ‘traditional’ rocket launchpad | Science & Tech News

A remote peat bog owned by Scottish crofters is to become the first ‘traditional’ rocket launchpad on the British mainland.

The site, on the A’ Mhoine peninsula in Sutherland, north-west Scotland, will see up to 12 launches a year, with rockets lifting off vertically from the ground.

The location is seen as ideal for launching satellites into an orbit that takes them over the north and south poles. The first launch could be as soon as next year.

The spaceport will strengthen the launch capability for the UK satellite industry.

Until now manufacturers have had to ship their spacecraft abroad for launch.

But the countdown is underway for the first ‘horizontal’ launch at Spaceport Cornwall later this month, with a jumbo jet taking off from Newquay Airport carrying a rocket under its wing. The rocket will be released and fired over the Atlantic Ocean.

Spacehub Sutherland will provide another launch option. The Scottish rocket manufacturer Orbex will build and operate the spaceport, investing £20m in the construction under a 50-year lease.

Around 40 jobs are expected to be created on the site, a significant boost in an area with poor economic prospects for young people.

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Dorothy Pritchard, chair of the Melness Crofters’ Estate, which represents the community, said: “We have seen massive population decline in the area over the past few years and our community is being starved of its lifeblood, young people.

“This is our way – perhaps a less-than-obvious way – of bringing new life back to our area.

“We are excited for the positive impact this will have on our community over the coming years.”

Night at Orbex Prime at Kinloss test stand. Pic: Orbex
Orbex Prime at Kinloss test stand. Pic: Orbex

Orbex is building what it says is the world’s most environmentally friendly space rocket, with a 3D-printed engine, a re-useable structure and a clean-burning propane fuel derived from vegetable waste.

Chris Larmour, the company’s chief executive, said: “Orbex is the first European launcher company to also manage a dedicated spaceport.

“It is an important competitive advantage to the company, which will make it really easy for us to work with customers as we scale up our operations.”