You could clean up doing this job.

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Queen Elizabeth authorized the placement of a help-wanted ad for a housekeeping assistant on the Royal website. She is looking for a meticulous, committed, approachable, discreet person who is good at cleaning antiques and running baths for the Royal family. Though the position is based mostly at Buckingham Palace, the maid would also live in Scotland for three months out of the year.

The job pays about $22,600 a year and includes room and board (with a salary adjustment). Other responsibilities include “high-quality cleaning, presentation and guest care in the post-holder’s designated area, consisting of the personal rooms of the Royal family, their guests’ suites, State apartments, cloakrooms, staff and office accommodation, staircases and corridors.”

They don’t want much for $22,600 a year, do they? I wonder what Darcy paid his valet and maids.

I hope this wasn’t your dream job, because applications were due by October 26. Sorry!

If you’re wondering why I used a picture of Buckingham Palace rather than a maid, google “maid” and see what images come up. Yikes! This is a PG site, after all.

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About Robin Helm

Robin Helm has published all three volumes of The Guardian Trilogy: Guardian, SoulFire, and Legacy. She also recently published the Yours by Design Series: Accidentally Yours, Sincerely Yours, and Forever Yours. She and her husband have two adult daughters, two sons-in-law, two granddaughters, and a Yorkie Poo named Toby.

8 thoughts on “You could clean up doing this job.

  1. Susan Kaye

    I don’t know about Darcy, but Rochester paid Jane Eyre 30 pounds per annum for being a governess. Miss Roberts, the lady’s maid to Lady Margery Bellamy in the original Upstairs Downstairs–who had the bad fortune to survive her mistress when the Titanic sank–got less than 100 pounds per.

    All that aside, I’m a free markets kind of gal and feel that everything is negotiable. I think the Queen is being penny wise and pound foolish here. Is it a good plan to stint on paying the people who have access to your guest’s underwear and their hygiene products?

    I’ll wait.

    No, I don’t think so either.

    People in Oregon always say that the beautiful scenery is compensation for the high cost-of-living. I say that no matter how pretty the scenery, Oregon or Buckingham/Balmoral, you can’t cash a check on it.

    Loosen the purse strings, Lizzie!


  2. Susan Kaye

    There’s a reason I start most sentences with, “I had to laugh.” And on a day like today, humor is the ONLY weapon working for me.

    Laugh Robin laugh!


  3. Laura Hile

    Let’s see … I teach school and then come home and put in the evening shift as maid around here. I wouldn’t use ‘meticulous’ to describe my cleaning skills, though I do have antiques. I wonder how many work hours HRH is asking for? And how dirty her massive residences actually get? (Compared to mine, which is small and thoroughly lived in, working for her could be a cakewalk).

    See, I reside with four grown males, and I have discovered that the only way to keep the kitchen and bathrooms decent is to clean every day like a hotel maid. Two minutes a day in the bathroom versus 20 minutes of heavy scrubbing on a Saturday morning (which I won’t do).

    The idea of BEING PAID to clean is absolutely foreign. Like being paid to cook. Or grocery shop. Or do laundry. 🙂



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