01/13/2013

Will and Kate looking for a super housekeeper

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge need help. Really.

516327839In spite of their unstated vow to keep life simple for themselves, the complications of royal life are forcing their hand to expand their small circle of staff. And there will be plenty to do.

An internal posting at Buckingham Palace, as revealed by the Sunday Express, has the royal couple looking for a housekeeper at Kensington Palace, where they currently stay in a one-bedroom cottage. They will be moving to much more luxurious and spacious (20 rooms) surroundings at the Palace in the summer.

Getting in on the ground floor, so to speak, with Will and Kate sounds enticing, but the job won't allow for much time chit-chatting with the boss.

According to the ad, duties include "ensuring all areas of the residence are cleaned and maintained to a high standard at all times. Caring for and maintaining TRH ­personal clothing, cleaning silverware and glassware and in-house laundry.”

Can't forget walking their dog Lupo, running to the store when needed and whipping up a meal every now and then.

The Express says one insider calls the proposal "unprecedented."

"It is unheard of for one person to be asked to perform so many duties," quotes the paper. "Clearly the Duke and Duchess are going to get their money’s worth out of whoever gets the job. About 15 people have already applied despite everyone wondering how anyone will be able to carry out all these duties in just 37 hours a week."

Well, the chosen one won't have to worry about that. The ad apparently says they'll be required to work extra hours, too.

By royal standards, Will and Kate are low maintenance right now, with a small office staff. Kate has an assistant, but does her own makeup and, mostly, her own hair. But, as anyone with a family knows, a baby changes the equation dramatically. Throw in a full-time schedule of royal duties and a rumoured 10-bedroom country estate at Sandringham, and the payroll is bound to rise.

A SPARK OF TROUBLE

At 86, it's expected the Queen might have a little trouble getting going in the morning. But she certainly expects her Bentley to.

Gpctbaz3The Queen's weekly trek to St. Mary Magdalene church on her Sandringham estate ended on humorous note Sunday. After the service, the monarch stood close to her specially-outfitted car as the increasing-frustrated chauffeur tried to start it.

Six times, he tried to crank the 6.75-litre V8 engine into its delicate purr. Nothing.

"I have never known anything like this happen before," long-time post-church royal fan Mary Relph told the Telegraph.

At least the Queen seemed to be getting a chuckle out of it.

On the seventh try, the Bentley started. "When it did, the Queen said, 'Don't stop it, don't stop it'. I think she must have been worried that it might conk out again," said Relph, one of about 150 people who came out to see the Queen in 3-degree (C) weather.

Back on duty, the 10-year-old Bentley dutifully made its way the short distance back to Sandringham.

Prince Philip never has to worry about this stuff. He walks to church.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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