Queen of England Seeks Maid

Britain's royal household is advertising for a housekeeping assistant. Could it be you?

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Guardsmen parade outside Buckingham Palace after the service of thanksgiving at St.Paul’s Cathedral on June 5, 2012 in London.

The Queen of England has placed a help-wanted ad for a housekeeping assistant. The ideal candidate will be good at cleaning antiques, running baths for the Royals and must be okay with living in Scotland for three months out of the year.

The job is listed on the Royal website as paying £14,200 (about $22,600) a year and includes room and board (with a salary adjustment). The position is based mostly at Buckingham Palace and lists pretty typical maid duties. It also requires someone who is meticulous, committed and an has “approachable disposition with the ability to maintain confidentiality.”

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The housekeeping assistant will also be responsible for “high-quality cleaning, presentation and guest care in the post-holder’s designated area, consisting of the personal rooms of the Royal family, their guests’ suites, State apartments, cloakrooms, staff and office accommodation, staircases and corridors.”

While the news of the opening has circulated through various British media outlets, other sites such as Jezebel have taken the opportunity to draw a fantastical depiction of a Harry Potter meets Mary Poppins character to clean antiques and draw baths for Queen Elizabeth.

If you’re interested, though, you should act fast: applications close October 26.

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4 comments
NancyFlemingDurham
NancyFlemingDurham

I totally agree with the last comment. Journalists really need to read some history. The title "Queen of England" has NOT existed since 1707. Her Majesty's title is Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (among others).

L1212
L1212

Seriously, Queen of the United Kingdom or at least Britain. I expected higher quality journalism from Time. 

Talendria
Talendria

I paid my maid $40/hour, and she still couldn't be bothered to clean the toilets properly.  Good luck finding someone for $22,600 a year.

MHS
MHS

@L1212 I totally agree with you 100%