The Queen advertises for a pot-washer

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 24:  U.S. President Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II during a State Banquet in Buckingham Palace on May 24, 2011 in London, England. The 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, and his wife Michelle are in the UK for a two day State Visit at the invitation of HM Queen Elizabeth II. During the trip they will attend a state banquet at Buckingham Palace and the President will address both houses of parliament at Westminster Hall. (Photo by Lewis Whyld - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Buckingham Palace is looking for a live-in pot washer to join its catering team and keep the Royal kitchen in tip-top shape.

The chosen candidate will be paid £17,000 a year to wash the Queen’s plates and dishes, with a room in the Palace grounds and 33 days’ holiday thrown in for good measure. All meals are also included as part of the role.

The vacancy is being advertised on The Royal Household’s website and states that the Palace is looking for a KP that “gets the feeling of satisfaction from helping to deliver a spotless service”.

It says the successful candidate will join a “close-knit and committed” catering team who prepare and serve food to the very highest standards.

“You’ll assist the team by maintaining the wash-up environment, ensuring our chefs and assistants have all they need to deliver hundreds of staff meals every day. You’ll clean equipment and utensils ready for use on a daily basis, as well as assisting with food preparation,” it adds.

The role is based at Buckingham Palace, but the KP may be needed to travel to other Royal residences.

Applicants don’t need any experience, however. “Our excellent training will provide you with all the skills you need, and so experience isn’t essential. It’s who you are that we’re really interested in,” the ad states.

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