Ailsa Anderson, LVO is a former newspaper journalist now commentating on the Royal Family, the British Monarchy and The Church of England. Ailsa was Communications and Press Secretary to The Queen from 2001 until the end of 2013, which involved her in many high profile and globally recognised events such as two Jubilees, the death of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, the wedding of current The Prince and Princess of Wales and subsequent birth of Prince George. She led the communications work for The Queen and Prince Philip’s historic State visit to the Republic of Ireland as well as the late Monarch’s last visit to Australia. She was also involved in many high-profile State Visits to the United Kingdom including both Presidents Bush and Obama. Ailsa was awarded with the Royal Victorian Medal by The Queen in 2009.
Ailsa also led on media relations for Princess Anne The Princess Royal, Prince Edward and The Countess of Wessex and The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester. She was based at Buckingham Palace in London.
Ailsa previously worked in Government Communications until 2001, where she was Chief Press Officer at the Cabinet Office. After leaving the Royal Household she was appointed Director of Communications for Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, where she spent the last eight years. Ailsa has extensive broadcasting experience including ABC News America, NBC, LBC, Sky and GB News.