Lord Stewards Department
Lord Stewards Department in the Royal Household
The Lord Steward is the most important member of the royal household. He is always a peer himself and a member of government. His department would consist of treasurer, the privy councillers, master of horse and people of similar standing. He would have been personally chosen by the Queen for the position and reside solely at court. He would therefore have his own staff. In 1851 the Lord Steward was The Marquess of Westminster. He was the only one allowed to relay messages from the Queen to the House of Commons and the Queen would have frequented his department a lot for advice and updates.
Also common practice would have been the practice of substituting sick staff of the Queen's with his own as they would also have been silver service trained.
It is very possible Ellis Wareham did serve coffee to the Queen!!!
In 2012 some of Queen Victoria's journals became available online, as did staff records between 1526 and 1924.
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