Duchess of Cambridge hires new right-hand woman - and she's worked with her before

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AGRA, INDIA - APRIL 16:  Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge pose in front of the Taj Mahal on April 16, 2016 in Agra, India.  (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Kate is likely to have first met her new private secretary when in India. (WireImage)

The Duchess of Cambridge has hired a new private secretary - and she comes with an impressive CV of royal achievements.

Kate has hired Hannah Cockburn-Logie as her right-hand woman, about six months after her former private secretary quit the role.

Cockburn-Logie has already worked with the duchess and her husband, so must have left a good impression.

She was awarded an OBE in 2017 for co-ordinating the royal tour of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in India, the year before.

According to her LinkedIn profile, she was awarded an MVO in 2008 for her work leading the Queen’s visit to Slovenia, so she has plenty of royal experience.

She’s originally from Cleethorpes and Grimsby and her local paper The Grimsby Telegraph reported she had been based in India with her diplomacy work for more than three years after she was given the OBE.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 22:  Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge with her Private Secretary Catherine Quinn during a visit to Aston Villa Football Club to see the work of the Coach Core programme on November 22, 2017 in Birmingham, England.  (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
Kate with her former Private Secretary Catherine Quinn in 2017. (Getty Images)

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Speaking about the honour, she told the paper: “I am absolutely over the moon, it is a real privilege and honour having worked so hard for the past few years in India.

“It is really nice to have your work recognised. I never imagined when I was at school that I would one day be recognised in this way. I hope it shows that hard work pays off. It is wonderful to be back in Grimsby to share this news with my family in person.”

At the time she was expecting her second child.

According to the Daily Mail, a private secretary to the duchess can expect to earn a six-figure salary, which was previously funded by the Duchy of Cornwall, Prince Charles’s estate.

Cockburn-Logie takes over from Catherine Quinn, who left the job with Kate in November, after just two years, shorter than the usual time spent in the role.

PORTSMOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 26: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, accompanied by her Private Secretary Rebecca Deacon, visits the Ben Ainslie Racing (Land Rover BAR) team base as she attends the America's Cup World Series event on July 26, 2015 in Portsmouth, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
Kate with her former Private Secretary Rebecca Deacon, in 2015. (Getty Images)

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She joins the Cambridge household at a crucial time, as William and Kate have reshaped some of their royal work to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

In the future, her role will also involve preparing Kate for public engagements and being on hand to collect the gifts and flowers she is given.

Cockburn-Logie was most recently based in Brussels for work, and it’s not clear if she is still there or has returned to her native Grimsby.

She may have to stick to video calls with her new boss for now.

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