William and Kate Hire the Queen's Housekeeper

05/08/2013 at 08:45 AM EDT

Kate, William Hire the Queen's Housekeeper
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
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Nothing like getting a helping hand – and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have more than one.

But the couple have hired one of Queen Elizabeth's long-standing housekeepers for their new home, Apartment 1a in Kensington Palace, which they plan to occupy early this fall.

She is Antonella Fresolone, 42, who is said to be unmarried, Italian, and already on the job – helping at the two-bedroom Nottingham Cottage where William and Kate are living until their larger family home is ready.

Fresolone apparently has worked at Buckingham Palace for 13 years as one of three housekeepers for the Queen, who has now given her blessing for Fresolone to help her grandson, his wife and their upcoming baby – as well as cocker spaniel Lupo.



The employee is "renowned for being very hard working," an insider told the Sunday Express. "She is extremely dedicated and fully intends for this job to become her whole life."

William and Kate's office, which generally does not discuss staffing issues, would not comment on the appointment.



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