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Fancy working for the Queen? Her Majesty is hiring for a royal job

Rebecca Taylor
·Royal Correspondent
·3-min read
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - JUNE 13:  Queen Elizabeth II attends a ceremony to mark her official birthday at Windsor Castle on June 13, 2020 in Windsor, England. The Queen celebrates her 94th birthday this year, in line with Government advice, it was agreed that The Queen's Birthday Parade, also known as Trooping the Colour, would not go ahead in its traditional form. (Photo by Toby Melville - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II, at Trooping the Colour in 2020. The palace is hiring for a communications assistant. (Toby Melville - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The Queen is seeking to bolster her staff with a new role in the royal household.

A job for a senior communications assistant has been advertised with Buckingham Palace, for someone looking to build their skills on a new platform.

The role is offering £27,000 a year plus benefits, for 37.5 hours a week work on the palace’s intranet, keeping somewhere in the region of 1,200 employees informed.

The palace is looking for someone who has “creative flair and technical expertise”, and an “eye for design” to make videos and online content for the treasurer’s office.

According to the job description, the new employee will “manage our social intranet to ensure it’s a ‘must visit’ place for every employee. You'll co-ordinate news, source and write content, support local editors and be a point of technical know-how”.

Her Majesty also wants the new employee to be a “brand ambassador”, adding: “We don't stand still here; and you'll be encouraged to make an impact at the heart of this world-famous institution”.

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Charlotte Davies, careers expert at LinkedIn, said confidence is key when it comes to applying for the role.

Offering application tips for the “amazing opportunity” she said: “It’s a unique role (with a very high-profile boss!) – so very few applicants will have direct experience working with royalty. As with any role, be confident in your abilities and be sure to highlight your key skills – in this case, it could be your digital savviness or being able to work under pressure.”

She added: “Employers will most likely search for candidates online to check previous experience and judge character. It’s important that your social presence is royally up-to-scratch, particularly when applying for a communications role like this.

“Make sure your LinkedIn profile is up to date and ensure your other public social channels don’t contain anything that would make any of the Royals blush!”

For those who get an interview, she said: “The interviewers for this role are sure to be on the lookout for tip-top manners and etiquette from candidates – attentive body language and steady but friendly eye contact are both really important for giving a great (virtual) interview.”

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II smiles during a visit with a group of local school children inside the old Senate chamber of the Virginia state capitol building on the first day of her trip to the United States in Richmond, Virginia, May 3, 2007.   REUTERS/Matthew Cavanaugh/Pool   (UNITED STATES)
The Queen, here during a visit with a group of school children inside the old Senate chamber of the Virginia state capitol in 2007, is said to be a good boss. (Reuters/Matthew Cavanaugh)

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The job will be under the household of the Privy Purse and Treasurer’s Office, which is responsible for the finances of the Royal Family.

The current Keeper of the Privy Purse is Sir Michael Stevens, whose work for the Queen saw him knighted in 2017.

And while the new employee is unlikely to ever report to the Queen, there are accounts that she is a good person to work for. Author SJ Bennett told Yahoo UK the Queen is very relaxed about bumping into her staff in the corridors of the palaces.

Although the current structure of the role isn’t listed, the job description mentions flexible ways of working are likely to “continue” post pandemic.

Sharing the opportunity on LinkedIn, the Royal Household quickly racked up dozens of likes so there could be stiff competition for the role.

The department is also hiring for a digital learning advisor, helping to develop digital and learning environments for the other royal employees.

Applications for both roles close on 7 February, and interviews are taking place in February.