Queen Elizabeth II is Hiring, Looking for 'Engaging,' 'Meticulous' and 'Innovative' Staff
Can't get enough of the British royals? Obsessed with Queen Elizabeth II? Well, she might just have the perfect job for you.
The Royal Household—the offices that cater to Queen Elizabeth II—posted three new roles to its official LinkedIn page Tuesday. The household is searching for a communications officer, a personal assistant and a building surveyor.
If you're based in the U.S., you'll need to relocate to the U.K. for all three positions, being based at Buckingham Palace and St. James's Palace in London.
So what does it take to work for the Queen? The communications officer needs to be "engaging," "calm" and "diplomatic." The personal assistant—who will work for Alistair Harrison, Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps—should be "proactive," "flexible" and "meticulous." The building surveyor—as well as being chartered—must be "innovative," "highly organized" and "naturally collaborative."
On its official website, the Royal Household says it makes everyday jobs "exceptional." Employees get to work in "magnificent" and "historic" surroundings—performing traditional functions whilst helping to move the Household "further," it says.
But reviews of the employer aren't all positive. Employer review site Glassdoor gives the Royal Household 3.5 marks out of 5, based on 18 employee assessments. Several reviewers praised the prestige that comes with working for the royals.
Beyond the novelty, some criticized their work-life balance, the often stressful nature of their jobs and the compensation they received.
Former royal protection officer Simon Morgan previously told Town and Country magazine the pressure of his job could be challenging: "You are working for the world's number one family, and there is nowhere in the world they can go without being recognized. That's your biggest pressure, anything that goes wrong has massive implications, which include the threat of life."
Grant Harrold, a former butler to Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, told the magazine the job can also come with incredible perks. "One of the best things about working for the royal family is when you are recognized for your hard work," he said. "The family would show this by inviting staff to Christmas parties, tea parties, and balls. A fond memory of mine is getting to dance with the Queen at the Gillies Ball in the Balmoral ballroom. It was a very proud moment for a Scotsman!"
The Royal Household itself is made up of five departments, according to its website. The Private Secretary's Office helps the Queen with political, constitutional and governmental matters. The Privy Purse and Treasurer's Office performs a business role, dealing with functions like IT and finance. The Master of the Household's Department is responsible for entertaining guests at royal residences.
Lastly, the Royal Collection Trust looks after the family's collection of art and historical artifacts. During President Donald Trump's state visit in June, the Queen took him on a tour of her valuable collection.