Lonely Planet Writer

Fancy polishing the royal silver? Here's your chance to live and work at Buckingham Palace

It’s the best address in England and one of the grandest in the world, and now you could possibly live and work in the magnificent setting of Buckingham Palace in London, working for Queen Elizabeth II and her family. The Master of the Household’s office has advertised on its official website for a housekeeping assistant, and the position is a live-in one with meals provided.

Preparing for a banquet at Buckingham Palace. Image: The Royal Household
Preparing for a banquet at Buckingham Palace. Image: The Royal Household

Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence of the British Royal Family since 1837, and is the administrative headquarters of Queen Elizabeth II. It has 775 rooms, including 19 state rooms, 52 royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms. The Master of the Household’s department handles everything involved in official and private entertaining across all the royal residences, and takes on a variety of hospitality, catering and housekeeping challenges.

Buckingham Palace has advertised a position for a live-in housekeeping assistant. Image: The Royal Household
Buckingham Palace has advertised a position for a live-in housekeeping assistant. Image: The Royal Household

For the housekeeping position, while hospitality experience is an asset, the good news is that it isn’t essential, as the Palace is more interested in candidates’ outstanding team-working skills. It is seeking someone who takes care and pride in their work, has a keen attention to detail, a positive approach and excellent communication and time-management skills. In return it offers training and development opportunities.

Queen Elizabeth ll and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh with their family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace following the Trooping the Colour ceremony to mark the Queen's official 90th Birthday Image: Anwar Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images
Queen Elizabeth ll and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh with their family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace following the Trooping the Colour ceremony to mark the Queen’s official 90th Birthday
Image: Anwar Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images

Working five days per week, the position carries a salary of £16,755 per annum plus a 15% employer contribution pension scheme and benefits. As it’s a live-in position there is a salary adjustment, and 33 days holiday (inclusive of bank holidays) are offered. All meals are provided, as well as a range of recreational facilities.

Buckingham Palace has advertised a position for a live-in housekeeping assistant. Image: Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace has advertised a position for a live-in housekeeping assistant. Image: Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace regularly holds functions for royalty, heads of state, political figures and other dignitaries, so the successful candidate will possibly get to work on events of historical and international significance. It bodes well for the new housekeeping assistant that in its employee opinion surveys, over 95% of people stated that they feel proud to work for the Royal Household.

For further information on the position, please see here.