Wanted: Royal chewing gum remover to keep Queen Elizabeth's palaces spick and span

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The Queen is looking for a royal chewing gum remover to keep her palaces clean.

An official advert for a cleaner at The Palace of ​Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh (her official Scottish residence) states the successful applicant must "arrange for the removal of chewing gum from Historic and State Apartments".

The Daily Mail quoted a spokesman from Buckingham Palace: "A tiny minority of individuals leave chewing gum at the Royal Palaces and it has to be removed."

What are the working hours like?

The part-time position will require the staff member to pick sticky gum off furniture for four hours a day, over five days.

That's not all. Besides picking gum off the floor and furniture, other duties include cleaning stairs and washing the Queen's crockery when she is there.

The successful candidate will also have to help with the upkeep of bedrooms, including making beds and cleaning the linen.

Please ensure all toilets are cleaned before public access at 9.30am. Oh yes, you'll have to double up as a cloakroom attendant during evening functions.

 And the pay is...?

 £16,000 (about S$33,000) a year, according to information listed on the British Monarchy website.

Am I eligible?

Yes, as long as you have the right to work in Britain.

Am I the right fit?

If you enjoy working as part of a team, are happy to help colleagues and willing to contribute to the general upkeep of the Palace, then you should fit right in, The Telegraph reported.

Other requirements:

– Good time management skills.

– Besides following directions, do use your initiative too.

– Take pride in you work to ensure "excellent service in all that you do".

As the Queen’s official residence in Scotland, Holyroodhouse is one of the country’s premier visitor attractions and draws 250,000 people every year.

Are there other royal openings?

–  Sous chef for Buckingham Palace

– Catering assistant at Buckingham Palace

–  Restorer of upholstery at Windsor Castle

Sources: AFP, Daily Mail, The Telegraph

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