Queen Elizabeth II has hundreds of staff from royal secretaries to stable boys and girls. The Royal Household and its many residences is a huge operation and it takes a lot of work to keep things running smoothly. From butlers to cleaners, stylists and PAs, jobs at the palace get snapped up quickly.
If you wish to work for the Queen then there is one thing you should never say in your application.
Former royal secretary James Upsher has shared some tips on how to tick the right boxes when applying for a role with the Royal Family.
Mr Upsher was Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie’s secretary for four years and even helped organise the Queen’s 90th birthday.
He has written about his experience on his blog in which he reveals the dos and don’ts of applying for a job with Britain’s most famous family.
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Mr Upsher claims demonstrating an understanding and appreciation of the Commonwealth and how it works is key.
He writes: “The Household serves all the countries where Her Majesty is Head of State and the Commonwealth, so your understanding and connection to parts of the world beyond the UK that connect with the Royal Family are hugely valuable to the organisation and you should stress these in your application.
“Sorry Americans, you opted out of that one.”
He adds mentioning any connections you have to royal causes is also key.
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He said: “If you were a Scout or a Guide, there’s a Royal Patron for that.
“If you ran a marathon for Cancer Research UK, there’s a Royal Patron for that.
“Pretty much every positive social activity in the UK – and many beyond – have an association with Royal Family and mentioning the ones you’re involved with – and that you know about the connection – can demonstrate the values you share with the Household.”
However, there is one cliche you should completely avoid when writing your application.
Mr Upsher claims: “This is the golden rule. I’d bet in my pile of 500 applications for a role, around 100 will have ruled themselves out in the very first line of the application with the words ‘I have always dreamed of working for the Royal Family.’
“I’m afraid the recruiter for that admin job doesn’t share your excitement at the pending fulfilment of childhood fantasy, they have hundreds of letters to send out and want someone who will be really really good at office admin.
“Of course, you should have a line mentioning your great respect for the institution, but play this one very cool to stay out of the ‘no’ pile.”
Royal rejection: THE Royal Household is currently recruiting for a stable lad or lass to care for the Queen’s horses
The Royal Household is looking for a gifted stable lad or lass to help care for Queen Elizabeth II’s precious horses.
The “liveried helper” role is advertised on business platform Linked In and is a unique opportunity for someone keen to make it in the equine industry.
The job would be based at the Royal Mews stables by Buckingham Palace and includes accommodation.
The job description posted on LinkedIn reads: “It’s knowing that your horses are ready to perform on the world stage.
“It’s feeling inspired to deliver to the highest standards, helping to present ceremonial activities that are enjoyed by millions.”
The description adds: “This is what makes working for the Royal Household exceptional.
“Joining us as a Liveried Helper you’ll help provide daily care for the horses at the Royal Mews.
“You’ll exercise and train them regularly, getting them ready for their role in ceremonial activities.
“From maintaining the stables to cleaning saddlery and harnesses, you’ll help to ensure the Royal Mews is kept in the very best condition.
“You’ll also have the opportunity to play a part in the ceremonial events themselves, assisting the Coachmen with riding and driving the horses on the day.
“The standards you’ll aim for will provide the biggest challenge, and the greatest reward.”
The job description reads: “In addition, as this is a live-in role, you will be provided with accommodation, for which your salary will be abated.”
You can apply for the job on linked in HERE.