Talk:Lady-in-waiting

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So what do lady in waitings do?

The plural is "ladies-in-waiting", dear. And don't forget the hyphens. As for what they "do", the question is answered in the first sentence of the article. They act as personal attendants to female royalty.

Yes indeed, but it does not give any examples as to wath that actually means. Give examples! For example: "The task of a lady-in-waiting is to follow the queen when she walk through a room." --85.226.44.201 (talk) 15:09, 8 March 2009 (UTC)

Dress[edit]

Can someone please tell me what type of garments did these women wear? Were they colorful? Did they have gold running thru them or were they just tattered clothing? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 76.233.112.228 (talk) 01:13, 1 October 2007 (UTC)

A very silly question, this. Obviously royalty doesn't dress its attendants in tatters. Think about it, and it'll be obvious it's a pretty dressy occupation.

Well, in some countrys, they were actually a form of "unifrom", as speciall dress code, for this position. --85.226.44.201 (talk) 15:10, 8 March 2009 (UTC)

Confused sentences[edit]

ladies-in-waiting were divided into four separate systems: great ladies, ladies of the privy chamber, Maids of Honour and chamberers. The ladies of the privy chamber were the ones who were closest to the queen and thought to be the highest level of unpaid ladies-in-waiting. Most of the other women were considered Maids of Honour. The Maids of honour were the single, unmarried ladies-in-waiting.

These sentences are so confused that I can't figure out the meaning, let alone how to rearrange them.

I'll try to list the oddities, and maybe someone else with more understanding of the language and more intuition can fix them.

  1. There are four kinds of lady listed, but:
    1. only two are more or less described, the other two ("great ladies" and "chamberers") are completely forgotten after this first list
    2. you would assume that these are in order of rank of some sort, but later it says that the "ladies of the privy chamber" are the most important, which are listed after the "great ladies"
  2. "thought to be the highest level of unpaid ladies-in-waiting"
    1. "thought to be" implies that they actually weren't, or that at least it was questionable. Instead, nothing is said about that
    2. "of unpaid" means that other ladies were paid? It doesn't say anything about that either
  3. "Most of the other women were considered Maids of Honour"
    1. "most"? "considered"? So it wasn't official? Or it was?
  4. "The Maids of honour were the single, unmarried ladies-in-waiting"
    1. now you're just kidding me. This sentence is incompatible with the previous one. The "Maids of honour" were automatically the unmarried ones? So what is the previous sentence supposed to mean?

--Lo'oris (talk) 11:44, 30 March 2010 (UTC)

since no one gave a shit, I just removed the section. It was so confused that it wasn't useful anyway. --Lo'oris (talk) 11:19, 11 January 2011 (UTC)

==Is Cambodian Case analogous to European ones?

The European ladies-in-waiting were intended more as companions of similar (although not equal) rank to women of high aristocracy, while the Cambodian case as described in the document seems to be really a high class serving women. The latter isn't really "ladies-in-waiting" in the European sense, are they? I think that reference ought to be struck as potentially misleading. 71.226.32.149 (talk) 15:24, 24 August 2013 (UTC)