Domestic Staff for Royals

Domestic Staff For Royals

27 March 2012
BBC News

The Royal Household is advertising for a trainee butler to provide “the highest standards in the service of wine, food, valeting, messenger duties and reception”. The expected number of Butler applicants for a role like this will be in excess of a hundred. Many people are looking for butler employment in royal households in the UK and overseas.

Domestic staff for royals-The job spec advertised by the queen

The official job description outlines the purpose of the role: “To provide the highest standards in the service of wine, food, valeting, messenger duties and reception in a friendly and efficient manner.”

The trainee butler’s responsibilities would include:

  • Assisting in the setting, clearing and serving of meals
  • Valeting for guests and royals, “ensuring that clothes and uniforms are cared for to the highest standards”
  • Messenger duties, “ensuring that all post, pouches, despatch boxes and messages are delivered to Members of the Royal Family and employees in a timely manner”
  • “To collect and deliver tea/coffee trays, breakfast trays and newspapers for Royal and Household purposes in an efficient and discreet manner”
  • The advert states that previous experience working in the catering and hospitality sector would be an advantage.
  • Essential skills include good time management, confident communication and team-working, as well as “a friendly, polite and approachable disposition with the ability to be discreet and maintain confidentiality”.
  •  The Royal Household is also advertising for a linen keeper to run the linen room at Windsor Castle.

John Maguire went to find out what it would like to be a domestic staff for royals.

BBC news clip-Domestic Staff for Royals

The queen’s advert for domestic staff