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The Queen hiring new footman for £15,000 a year

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A new vacancy at Buckingham Palace has cropped up. The Queen is looking for a footman or trainee butler, who will live and work in the royal residency and have all their meals provided for them.

In the listing posted on the Royal Household's official website, the job is described as "an exciting role" undertaken in a "unique environment".

The applicant, who will be paid just over £15,000 a year, will be responsible for front-of-house service and receiving guests, who in the past have included stars from Angelia Jolie to European royalty.

The Queen needs a new footman/trainee butler to work at Buckingham Palace

The chosen candidate will act as the "welcoming face", and also have other duties including cleaning the silverware and coordinating luggage arrivals.

Not only will the enw employee work in Buckingham Palace, but he or she will also serve in other royal residencies around the country such as the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, where the Queen usually spends one week at the start of summer, and Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire, where she spends the rest of July and August.

The candidate will act as a "welcoming face" and receive important people at the palace

According to the job vacancy, the candidate will be "hard-working" and have a "passion for delivering excellent service" as well as have an "eye for detail".

The job is inclusive of 33 days holiday, a pension and benefits package and the freedom to use a range of recreational facilities. Accommodation is thought to be provided in one of the 148 staff bedrooms at Buckingham Palace.

The closing date for applying is on Monday 4 May, while other jobs advertised online include a vacancy as a sous chef and another as a kitchen porter.

The new footman will also be expected to work at other royal residencies around the UK, such as Balmoral Castle (pictured)

Around 400 people are currently employed by the Queen, and approximately £19million a year is believed to be spent on employee salaries.

Working as part of the royal household staff can have long-term benefits; after moving on from the palace, employees such as butlers are in high demand and can expect to fetch wages of up to £100,000 a year in the private sector.

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