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The Queen is looking to train a new butler

Have you ever dreamed of working – and living – inside Buckingham Palace? If you’ve got a knack for service and keen attention to detail, The Queen is hiring a trainee butler.

The role falls under The Master of the Household’s Department, which handles all aspects of hospitality across the royal residences. Although the job is listed as based at Buckingham Palace, the advertisement notes that travelling to other locations is possible.

Working with an experienced team, the new butler will “learn all the specialist professional skills needed to make sure presentation and delivery are seamless” to give the royal family and their guests service to the highest possible standard. You must be comfortable serving at functions both large and small, including official state occasions.

The full-time position pays £19,935.80 per annum and includes 15% employer contribution pension scheme, plus benefits. The trainee butler role is live-in and includes meals with a five-days-out-of-seven schedule, Monday to Sunday.

So what does it take to be a royal butler?

Although prior experience in hospitality is a bonus, it’s not required. The palace is “more interested in your proactive approach and ability to tackle new challenges”, and extensive training is provided. After initial training is complete, the new butler would be supported to achieve an accredited butlering qualification.

A strong sense of accuracy and attention to detail is essential for the role, along with a team-player mentality and a commitment to a career in hospitality.

The job notice also says that, “Although we can guide you on how to deliver an exceptional service at a wide range of events, you’ll already have a polite, friendly and approachable working style, and will be able to communicate with all kinds of people.”

If you’re up for the challenge, apply for the position on The Royal Household’s website by 17 February.

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Kristin is Chief Reporter for Royal Central and has been following the British royal family for more than 30 years. Kristin has appeared in UK and U.S. media outlets discussing the British royals including BBC Breakfast, BBC World News, Sky News, the Associated Press, TIME, The Washington Post, and many others.