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Queen searches for new royal Chauffeur

The Royal Household is advertising for a new chauffeur to drive The Queen and members of the Royal Family, as well as household officials and guests, around on their day-to-day business. The £24,000 per annum post – advertised as part of the Royal Mews (the section of the Royal Household responsible for maintaining royal vehicles) – is open to prospective candidates with a full UK driving license and ‘professional’ driving experience.

The Queen's State Bentley

The Queen’s State Bentley

As well as driving duties, the successful applicant will also be responsible for maintaining the vehicles and keeping them in immaculate condition, with candidates needing “strong attention to detail” and a commitment to maintaining “high standards”. The chauffeur will also need to be able to plan the driving routes too and, according to the specification, have the attribute of being able to “remain calm under pressure”.

Among the royal fleet of cars the chosen candidate could hope to drive from the Mews is The Queen’s 2002 claret state Bentley (of which there are actually two identical vehicles), both converted to run on biofuel, which act as Her Majesty’s primary car for state and ceremonial occasions, especially designed with wider windows and a number of special security features. Along with these state vehicles is also The Queen and Royal Family’s personal vehicles including a number of Range Rovers, Land Rovers and others – The Queen’s personal fleet of vehicles being distinguished through a dark green livery.

One of the more unusual aspects of being chauffeur to The Queen will be the lack of number plates on the state vehicles – which Her Majesty isn’t legally required to have. Notably also, The Queen does not require a driving license. There will also be little cause to obey speed limits when ferrying royal passengers too, as royals will typically also be accompanied by protection officers.

The full time royal as royal chauffeur involves the need to be available to work for any five days in a week for up to 48 hours in total, however the successful applicant will be entitled to 33 days of holiday as well as being granted on-site accommodation (with a deduction from the salary) as well as the provision of meals.

Fortunately, it won’t be far to travel to and from work each day as the Royal Mews in London are actually attached as a part of Buckingham Palace!

Applications for the post close on 8th March and more information can be found here.

Among other jobs currently being advertised within the Royal Household are the post of “Historical Records Officer” at Buckingham Palace – a role open to graduates – which involves the preparation and research of public records within the Royal Household for their transfer to the National Archives.

Prince Charles, meanwhile, is currently advertising for a “float PA” to work at Clarence House, whose responsibilities would include standing in for PAs and secretaries in their absence as well as assisting with manning Clarence House’s front desk.

photo credit: mattarth

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