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Buckingham Palace's Music Room could be part of your new workplace - the Queen is seeking a trainee butler. (Reuters)

Queen Elizabeth is seeking a trainee butler to join her household staff at Buckingham Palace and other royal residences.

The job pays about £15,000 to start, or about $23,700, for at least 45 hours per week.

Generally, the trainee butler must "provide the highest standards in the service of wine, food, valeting, messenger duties and reception in a friendly and efficient manner."

Specifically, the successful applicant will be asked to:

  • Set, clear and serve meals for members of the royal family and their staff.
  • Serve as a valet for guests and members of the royal household.
  • Serve drinks at receptions "in a polite and welcoming manner."
  • Collect and redistribute luggage of family members and their guests when they visit other royal residences, including Windsor Castle, Balmoral and Holyrood House.
  • Collect and deliver tea or coffee trays, breakfast trays and newspapers for the family and its household.
  • At times, deliver mail to royal family members or household employees "in a timely manner."

With all of those duties, it's no wonder Buckingham Palace specifies that applicants should "have a passion for the hospitality and catering industry" and "thrive in a busy, team-focused environment."

Interns will have a chance to gain the City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma for Butlers.

Would you apply for the job? Why or why not? What benefit would you hope to get from working for the Queen or members of her family? Share your thoughts in the comment field below.



(This survey is not scientific. Results are based on readers' responses.)

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