The queen is looking for a new addition for her team of expert gardeners – and while the job carries a relatively small salary, it has a number of invaluable benefits.
The royal family advertises a new full-time gardener, with a starting salary of £ 18,100 a year, depending on the experience, corresponding to £ 69 a day.
The successful candidate will live at Buckingham Palace and receive all their meals, as well as an employer contribution of 15 percent to a pension plan.
The team of royal gardeners is responsible for maintaining the royal gardens and the areas around St James & # 39; s Palace and Buckingham Palace to & # 39; an exceptional standard & # 39 ;, according to the job description.
There will be no time to explore the castle, as the new gardener will take care of the lawns of the 40-hectare site, from raking to resowing and top dressing.
Want to work for the queen? Buckingham Palace wants to hire a new gardener to look after his lawn. The successful candidate will be able to name Her Majesty as neighbors
The successful candidate receives £ 18,100 and benefits, including an employer contribution of 15 percent to the pension plan. They will also stay at Buckingham Palace and keep an eye on the Royal Gardens
They also provide the & # 39; shrub, herbaceous and rose monitor & # 39; from the estate and take care of all plants, young trees and shrubs.
Of course the gardeners also take care of Her Majesty's flowers, plant and maintain them so that they continue to offer a spectacular environment for a beautiful historic building, but also for high-profile events & # 39 ;.
The Palace is looking for someone who & # 39; strives for perfection & # 39; with a passion for horticulture for the full-time, five days a week position.
Applicants must have a minimum qualification of Horticulture NVQ 2 (or similar) and have experience in operating a wide range of garden machines, including large trucks.
Pictured: an aerial photo of Buckingham Palace and its grounds. The Royal Gardens cover 40 hectares and gardeners are expected to care for them, as well as the surroundings of the palaces of Buckingham and St. James
They are also enthusiastic about someone with initiative who is not afraid to experiment with new ways to develop the grounds of Buckingham Palace.
Self-discipline and good communication skills are the key words: & # 39; You will be proud of your work and motivated to present gardens to exceptional standards & # 39 ;, concludes the advertisement.
Jobs in the palace
More than 800 people work at Buckingham Palace.
The royal residence is equipped with 188 rooms for staff living or staying in the palace.
In addition to the expected jobs of household, horticulture, catering and administration, the palace also employs a fenders smith to clean and repair metal fenders for fireplaces.
Two full-time horological curators are deployed to close the 350 bells of Buckingham Palace and watch every week and keep them in good condition.
A sergeant flag has the role of raising and lowering the correct flag when the queen arrives at or leaves the palace.
Cleaners are used to maintain the 760 windows in the palace. Every window is cleaned every six weeks.
Hopeful people with green fingers have until April 24 to submit their application and have the opportunity to call Buckingham Palace their home.
The Royal Gardens will also have to meet the demands of the Queen who, like her son Prince Charles, loves her flowers.
In 2014, TV presenter Alan Titchmarsh revealed that Her Majesty is very interested in major changes to the gardens.
& # 39; The gardeners are rather cagey [about] talk about what the queen likes, & he said.
& # 39; But it becomes pretty clear that she loves what we would call English cottage garden flowers – sucking flowers, not things that are too exotic. & # 39;
But not that the queen is shy about expressing her feelings about plants. & # 39; If it is a quick replanting of a bed, it would not bother them much & # 39 ;, Tichmarsh says. & # 39; But she is very involved in big changes.
& # 39; The summer garden parties were always in July, but now they have moved to June earlier; that means adjusting the planting scheme to make the borders lighter. & # 39;
Titchmarsh said that the royal courts prepare a smelling cut of half a dozen flowers for Elizabeth II every Monday morning.
& # 39; It will usually have six or seven different types of flowers from the garden to give her a small snapshot of what looks good at the time, & # 39; Titchmarsh said, promoting the Queen & # 39; s Garden, a documentary about the grounds of the palace.
Want to work in the palace? Candidates have until April 24 to submit their application. A passion for horticulture and attention to details are a must. Pictured: the Queen and Prince Philip admire the flower display on the grounds of Buckingham Palace
Eating in the palace
In 2003, it was reported that the hospitality facilities at Buckingham Palace served 350 staff, 90 of whom lived on site.
40 to 50 breakfasts are served daily to the permanent staff.
Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and the staff choose their food from a serving station. Here, white walls and slender viewing areas are enlivened by displays of enlarged original menus from Windsor, Balmoral and Buckingham Palace behind the servery.
When the palace & # 39; open & # 39; (meaning that the monarch is in residence), the menu has three hot dishes, including a roast and a vegetarian option, a fresh soup of the day, mashed potatoes with a choice of two fillings, ready-made sandwiches, a cold buffet with salads, a hot pudding, a cold pudding and a selection of fresh fruit, yogurt, and cheese and cookies.
The choices are more limited when the queen is far from home, because her chefs will usually travel with her.
Since a renovation in 2003, there has also been a café that is open all day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Source: The Caterer