03/22/2012

Royal butler wanted: Long hours, low pay and sealed lips

Balcony
If you fancy living in a big house and picking up after royals, there's a job for you.

Delivering newspapers, carrying trays, digging through closets and carting luggage at all hours of the day may not sound like much of a job, but, for some at least, doing it in a palace makes it a priceless experience.

Heck, better than priceless … about $23,000 a year.

The Queen is looking for a ‘trainee butler’ who will be based at Buckingham Palace, but will also served other royal residences around the UK and even go on the odd overseas tour.

It’s 45 hours a week, but, the posting warns, additional hours may be required “owing to the nature of the role.”

That role includes:

-- clearing and serving meals

-- valeting for the Royal Family and their guests

-- delivering tea/coffee trays, breakfast trays and newspapers.

-- deliver messages.

The ideal trainee will also “possess a friendly, polite and approachable disposition with the ability to maintain confidentiality.”

In the less-royal world, this is the go-fer job, and starting right at the bottom of the Royal Household, which has about 1,200 staff across departments ranging from dishwashers to horse trainers to furniture restorers.

The advantages of the butler job is that is comes with accommodation and a pension. And although royal work is traditionally low-paying, being able to put it on your resume carries weight in the private sector. (What employer doesn’t want to brag that Jinks waited on the Queen before you rescued him?)

PARTY TIME

JubileeIf you thought the Kate and William’s royal wedding was full of pomp and circumstance, wait till you get a load of the Diamond Jubliee celebrations.

Although the Queen’s 60th year on the throne is being marked throughout the year, the vortex of it all is June 2-5. It should easily surpass the 2002 Golden Jubilee show (right).

The details of the climax of those four days were released Thursday.

June 5, a Tuesday, will start on a solemn note, with a church service of thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral that will feature trumpeters of the Household Calvalry, the Welsh guards and RAF.

A reception at for about 700 follows, then begins the carriage procession through the streets to Buckingham Palace. The Queen and Prince Philip, an a 1902 state landau, will be joined along the route by Charles and Camilla, Prince William and Kate, and Prince Harry. For Will and Kate, it’s their first royal carriage ride since their wedding.

All the Royal Family will be back on the Palace balcony for lots of waving and a flypast.

The Jubilee weekend will also include a thousand-boat flotilla down the Thames on Sunday and a concert – featuring Paul McCartney and Elton John – in front of Buckingham Palace on Monday.

1902 state landau
The 1902 State Landau carriage will be carry Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip through London streets to Buckingham Palace for Diamond Jubilee celebrations. It's the same carriage that Will and Kate used for the royal wedding last year. (Getty Images)

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The Queen does not spend money on new uniforms, so the butler must also fit the existing wardrobe!

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