The attendant who serves as an assistant to a queen or princess is a lady-in-waiting. Queen Elizabeth of York, the wife of King Henry VII, had an astounding 36 ladies-in-waiting.
The third wife of England's King Henry VIII, Jane Seymour, served as lady-in-waiting to his first two wives before becoming Queen herself. Most English ladies-in-waiting have been nobles in the same social class as their employers and were considered companions who helped with day-to-day tasks. In other parts of the world, this role was sometimes filled by a servant or slave. Today, female British royals still have ladies-in-waiting whose job is described as "providing companionship and counsel."
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