King Charles takes on new head of royal correspondence

Could YOU take the King’s mailbag? Charles hires new £60,000 head of royal correspondence to answer letters to him and the Queen Consort, as well as the Prince and Princess of Wales

  • The new job in the Royal House is located in the Cabinet of the Private Secretary
  • Royal family is looking for someone who can treat their letters ‘sensitively’
  • The Queen used to receive more than 200 letters a day, rising to 70,000 a year

King Charles takes on a new head of royal correspondence and the successful candidate will be paid up to £60,000 a year to answer the family’s letters.

The new position is based on the Private Secretary’s Office at Buckingham Palace and consists of 37.5 hours a week, spread over five days.

The job overview – which appeared on the Royal Household website yesterday – describes how the King, Queen Consort and the Prince and Princess of Wales all receive a ‘large amount’ of letters from the public.

The Royal House is therefore looking for someone who can deal with their correspondence ‘considerably and sensitively’.

In addition to writing down “standard responses” to birthday and anniversary benefactors, the household also seeks someone who can write “individually crafted responses.”

The queen – who died in September – used to receive about 200 letters a day, rising to more than 70,000 a year.

King Charles is looking for a new head of royal correspondence to answer letters for him, the Queen Consort and the Prince and Princess of Wales.  In the photo signing the visitor's book yesterday at Mansion House in Doncaster

King Charles is looking for a new head of royal correspondence to answer letters for him, the Queen Consort and the Prince and Princess of Wales. In the photo signing the visitor’s book yesterday at Mansion House in Doncaster

The successful applicant will also handle correspondence from the Prince and Princess of Wales. The royal couple photographed a visit to Scarborough on November 3, 2022

The vacancy appeared on the website of the Royal House yesterday. Candidates have until November 27 to apply for the role

In addition to their excellent letter-writing skills, the new head of correspondence will also need to possess “strong people management skills” and occasionally act as a deputy to the private secretary.

The advertisement continued: ‘Reporting to the Director of Operations, you provide strategic leadership for the correspondence function, ensuring robust plans for major events are in place and strategic issues are managed effectively.

‘With strong people management skills and a desire to maintain high standards, you will ensure the team is well led, motivated and within agreed quality and timelines.’

In addition, the person being hired into the royal role must also be technically savvy and able to write Key Performance Indicator (KPI) reports and assist with the introduction of a new case management system.

The Queen received more than 200 letters every day. Pictured with the then Prince of Wales attending the Queen’s Body Guard for Scotland on June 30, 2022

The ad described how ‘no two days are the same’ at the Royal House, highlighting how the new hire will make a ‘real impact at the heart of this world-renowned institution’.

It continued: ‘You will be able to lead the correspondence function, manage day-to-day operational activity, while also feeling comfortable stepping back to see the bigger picture.

“With experience using a case management system, you understand how it can be used to devise metrics and improve service delivery. You are able to manage projects and you have demonstrable capacities to implement changes.

‘With the ability to work with and influence internal and external stakeholders, you can rely on persuasion and presentation skills in a deadline-driven environment.’

Applications for the position close on November 27 and interviews will take place throughout December.

The job description outlines the salary for the new role and states that it starts at £55,000 and goes up to a maximum of £60,000.