Wanted: A housekeeper for British Queen!

Attention, job seekers! Wanted: A housekeeper for the British Monarch. Place of work: Buckingham Palace. Salary: 14,200 pounds a year. Perk: To rub shoulders with the Queen and Prince Philip.

Yes, the Buckingham Palace is seeking to appoint a housekeeping assistant, one of whose jobs will be to put in the plug, turn on the tap and check the temperature of the water when the bath is full.

The successful candidate for the 14,200 pounds-a-year post will be "committed to achieving exceptional standards of service provision", the 'Daily Mail' reported.

Apart from looking after the royal bath, he or she will pack and unpack for guests of the Royal Household, iron their clothes, help them dress, look after their jewellery and also arrange for tea and breakfast to be brought to their room.

The 40-hour-a-week job advertisement, which appears on the Royal Household website, says the post holder "will have contact with Members of the Royal Family, guests and all levels of Royal Household staff".

The new recruit will join a department of more than 250 people, including cooks, footmen, butlers and valets.

Although based at Buckingham Palace, whoever is hired will also work at other royal residences, such as Balmoral and Sandringham, for up to three months each year and play a role in hospitality for official banquets and private entertaining by the Royals.

The job requires someone with a "friendly, polite and approachable disposition and an ability to be discrete and maintain confidentiality".

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