The Comptroller of the Lord Chamberlain’s office is the man in charge of organising British ceremonial events and upholding the ceremonial dignity of the court. He organises such events as royal weddings, the State Opening of Parliament, royal funerals, garden parties, investitures and state visits and also maintains the rules of court protocol in the Royal Household.
As the Lord Chamberlain (current Lord Peel) is a part time post, the day-to-day job is carried out by the comptroller, who is currently Lieutenant Colonel Sir Andrew Ford.
And now, a vacancy has appeared to be the Personal Assistant to the Comptroller, working alongside him and playing a part in organising the events that are watched and admired by millions worldwide.
The official job advertisement lists duties including:
- diary management;
- organising travel and accommodation;
- preparing seating cards and issuing tickets for events;
- assisting with budget administration;
- general correspondence and responding to telephone queries;
- maintaining paper and electronic filing systems.
It also specifies the post requires someone “willing to occasionally support events outside of normal working hours and to travel within the UK.”The post pays around £26,000 per year and the contract lasts for one year. The job is promoted with the description, “The Lord Chamberlain’s Office plans, organises and delivers ceremonial events principally in London, Windsor and Edinburgh as required by The Queen’s Programme. Based at Buckingham Palace, this is a unique opportunity to play your part within the Lord Chamberlain’s Office, by providing comprehensive administrative and secretarial support to the Head of the Department (the Comptroller) and other senior members of the Central Office to support the delivery of events.”
Applications for the post close on The Queen’s birthday (21st April) and more can be seen on the Royal website.