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Queen heartbreak: The sad reason Her Majesty employs someone to check her bathwater

Her Majesty’s daily plan is very exact, according to reports, and a bath is often on the schedule. In keeping with this precise routine, the temperature of the bath water is carefully measured with a thermometer.

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In addition, the height of the water must rise to no more than seven inches, a royal correspondent has claimed.

It follows an incident with the Queen’s late sister, Princess Margaret, back in 1999.

The princess, then 68, scalded her feet while getting into a bath when she was on holiday in the Caribbean island of Mustique.

According to a palace spokesman at the time: “Princess Margaret scalded her feet in an accident on holiday in Mustique.”

The Queen looking off camera, not smiling

The Queen is very particular about her bath water, according to reports (Image: Getty)

Some weeks later, a Buckingham Palace representative reported the princess was in “good spirits” despite the injury.

Following the accident, Princess Margaret travelled back to the UK to recover in Windsor.

In more recent times, the Queen herself has proved so particular about her baths the Royal Family once advertised a job that specifically involved preparing them for her.

The job advertisement, seeking a housekeeping assistant, stated it was seeking someone who would be “committed to achieving exceptional standards of service provision.”

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Waiter with tea tray

As well as being responsible Her Majesty’s bath, royal staff are expected to carry out other services like breakfast trays (Image: DragonImages / Getty)

One of the roles required would be to plug the bath, turn on the tap, and then check the water temperature once the bath was full.

The Buckingham Palace-based role would pay £14,200 a year for 40 hours a week.

Other responsibilities of the role included ironing clothes for guests of the royal household, looking after their jewellery, and sorting out tea and breakfast trays.

Despite the relatively low pay, the advert also mentioned the role holder would “have contact with Members of the Royal Family, guests and all levels of Royal Household staff.”

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The Queen’s bathwater temperature and height both need to be carefully measured (Image: luchschen / Getty)

Although the position would be primarily based at Buckingham Palace, some travel would be involved.

Work would take the role-holder to other royal residences such as Balmoral and Sandringham for months at a time.

This year, nearly 400 royal palace staff were laid off after the coronavirus pandemic closed palaces off to visitors.

The Mirror claims the staff had been hired ahead of the summer plans to welcome visitors – but were let go before even starting.

Buckingham Palace front view

The Royal Family once advertised a job involving looking after the royal bath for around £14,200 a year, the Mail reports (Image: English Heritage / Heritage Images / Getty)

And this month, it was reported between 175 and 250 royal staff were offered voluntary redundancies as tourism income hit funding.

A spokesman for the Royal Collection Trust said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has posed by far the greatest challenge to Royal Collection Trust in the charity’s history.

“The closure to the public has had a very significant and serious impact on our finances, as we are entirely funded by visitor income from admissions and related retail sales.”

Master of the royal household, Vice Admiral Tony Johnstone-Burt, said in an email to staff the household might not be fully operational “until 2021”.

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