27 February 2014 - 08:00
Queen seeks Palace Attendant: must be good with heights


Deputy Editor

The Royal Household has advertised a vacancy for a Palace Attendant. The Queen is seeking someone to be ‘responsible for the presentation of the interior of Buckingham Palace’ and perform ‘a range of vital duties’ as part of the day-to-day running of The Palace.

A Palace Attendant is wanted to work at Buckingham Palace
A Palace Attendant is wanted to work at Buckingham Palace

Working for the Master of the Household is described as ‘exciting’, which comes at no surprise for a position which will bring with it the chance of glimpsing The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh in their home surroundings! The role includes moving furniture, pieces of art and carpets, setting-up rooms for events, such as State Banquets or receptions, and cleaning; sometimes in high places. If successful, you will be one of 800 members of staff at the historic Palace.

At 40 hours a week, with a salary of £14,300 a year, you could be working for the British Royal Family in the beautiful surroundings of Her Majesty’s main residence, right in the heart of London. It certainly sounds like a promising opportunity, however here’s the catch: ‘You must be able to work at height on indoor scaffolding, steps and ladders’. With ceilings of up to 13.5 metres high, 750 windows (some of which are floor-to-ceiling), 19 large State rooms, 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, and 78 bathrooms to name but a few of the 775 room total, the successful candidate is sure to be kept busy, and will be prone to going up and down ladders often!

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As you’d expect, those who work for The Queen are to be punctual, have good time-management, as The Palace runs a tight daily schedule, and take great pride in their work. Buckingham Palace is not just Her Majesty’s home, but is used for receiving foreign dignitaries and Royalty, and is also open to the Public when the 87 year-old Monarch vacates to Balmoral during the summer. High standards are a must. 

Good teamwork is essential, as well as being able to deal with a range of people from different backgrounds, as you will be greeting and assisting guests frequently at functions. Experience is not essential, but is advantageous, as full training will be given to the successful applicant. The closing date for the position is 16th March 2014.

The post for the vacancy is here.

photo credit: Chris March via photopin cc



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