Realities of working for Royal Family explained as ‘The Firm’ open new vacancies

A first shift at one of the Queen's beautiful royal residences has been described by some as a 'pinch yourself' moment.

But a job at one of the likes of Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle is not easy to secure, and so very few people are able to tell you what a working day there is really like.

To help out, MyLondon have shared some important details and stories about working life under Her Majesty, as the estates recently announced a host of new vacancies.

According to the Royal Family website, there is a lengthy application process that comes before each job, as well as some vigorous security checks.

The website says: “In order to apply for a vacancy, you will either be a British citizen or you will have already obtained the legal right to work in the UK.”

It continues: “Everyone who works for the Royal Household is security cleared. If successful, you will therefore go through our security vetting process.”

In an interview with Town & Country Magazine , former royal staff explained just what working for the Crown involves.

Grant Harrold, a former butler to the Prince of Wales said: "I remember being nervous when I met the Prince of Wales, and he somehow managed to take the nerves away as we had afternoon tea and simply spoke to each other. I must have done something right that day as I was in a position very soon after."

Another staff member is ex-Royal Protection Officer Simon Morgan. As a former MET Police Officer, Morgan explained: "You have to be an experienced police officer first. If you’re going into royal protection, you’re looking at no less than 10 to 15 years service, pending on the previous roles you have come from."

He continued: "[The royals] are used to protection, it’s called cradle to grave, that’s what they get, and they very much know how protection officers should work, behave, and look… They understand all these things before you even get there."

Australia's 9News TV hosts yesterday discussed some of the family's new job vacancies on Tuesday's morning show — and said the roles would only be fit for true royal fans.

The current vacancies include a Daily Cleaner (£11,300 to £22,600) and an Assistant Staff Restaurant Manager (£23,000 – £24,000) at Buckingham Palace, a Gardener (£19,500) and a Senior Building Surveyor (£55,000 – £60,000) at Windsor Castle and an Office and Facilities Assistant (£21,750) at St James’s Palace.

Royal reporter Natalie Oliver said: "The role is a seven-day-a-week role, and no experience is needed, but the applicants are being told that they need to be able to keep Buckingham Palace looking at its very best while maintaining their highest standards.

"Now the successful applicant will also have to help support events and functions within the palace, so it sounds like a pretty exciting job there, don't you think?

While working for one of the richest families in the world may seem demanding to some, ex-staff have spoken of a number of perks.

Harrold says: "The family would [invite] staff to Christmas parties, tea parties, and balls. A fond memory of mine is getting to dance with the Queen at the Gillies Ball in the Balmoral ballroom.”

Another benefit of the job is that you get a personal Christmas gift from the Queen every year.

Applicants who wish to become the Queen's new cleaner have until next Wednesday to apply.

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