The successful applicant will be based at London’s iconic Buckingham Palace but will also be expected to follow the Queen around to her other royal residences; including Sandringham, Balmoral and Windsor.
This ability to travel at a moment’s notice has been made a ‘mandatory requirement’ for the job, which is worth over £14,000 a year.
“You must be willing to work away from London for up to three months of the year,” says the job advert on the Royal website.
The General Catering Assistant – as it has been formerly described – will mainly work in the staff restaurant of the Royal Household but also wash other Royal dishes too.
“You will join the team responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of the staff restaurant, wash-up areas and equipment in accordance with the Health and Hygiene Regulations to ensure the smooth operation of the staff restaurant.”
Whoever ends up nabbing the job will also have to bid farewell to all but the most occasional Saturday night tipple down at the Stag and Ram, with the Queen expecting her Catering Assistant to be available “on the weekends”.
The successful applicant will also be staring down the barrel of interminable 40-hour working weeks. There’s surely only so much soapy water one’s hands can take before the life of a dish-pig becomes insufferable.
Still there’s probably a quiet sort of dignity that comes with being part of Queen Elizabeth II’s royal household… Probably.