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The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge are looking for someone to help with the housekeeping at Kensington Palace. They advertised the coveted position on the royal vacancies’ website specifying their retirements.

The successful applicant will also have to “be able to manage a varied workload, show initiative and be content to work flexibly”.

They must also be able to fill in the Senior Housekeeper role if necessary.

While the role is mainly based at the royal couple’s West London residence, being able to travel is listed as one of the job’s pre-conditions.

The salary for the sought after job is not specified in the advert, however, the contract is listed as permanent.

The advert read: “We wish to appoint an experienced person to assist in Royal residences.

“You will support the management of all housekeeping operations and pro-actively deputise for the Senior Housekeeper, being accountable in their absence.”

It added: “You will have an organised approach and take pride in what you do.

“You will be able to manage a varied workload, show initiative, be content to work flexibly, including being able to travel.

“Maintaining confidentiality and exercising discretion at all times is paramount.

“This is an exciting opportunity to join a supportive and positive team.

“You will be a self-starter who also enjoys working collaboratively.

“You will be keen to take on new challenges as these arise and develop your own knowledge and skills.”

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The offer will remain active until November 7 at 11.55pm, when the vacancy closes.

The successful applicant will join the Cambridges’ workforce, a group that includes live-in Norland nanny, Maria Borrallo, who looks after their three children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

Ms Borrallo was born in Madrid and educated in Norland College in Bath, one of the most prestigious when it comes to nanny training.

Norland expert and Nanny in a Book author, Louise Heren, explained why Ms Bordallo is one of the best nannies in the country.

She said: “There will be no messing. That’s because Maria will be aware that as they step off planes, holding mum’s hands, smiling and waving to the crowds, there can’t be any crying or terrible twos or tantrums.

“There will be lots and lots of outdoor play, that’s the one thing you could say Norland are old-fashioned about. Loads of fresh air. Lots of bike rides, playing with their dogs, potentially some gardening.

“Norland are very into teaching children through play. Yes, you are getting mucky with your hands in the soil but you are learning how to plant.

“If it is tipping it down, they will still go out. Wet weather is just inappropriate clothing, you have to put the right stuff on.

“It doesn’t have to be strict. Just because Norland Nannies wear the brown uniform, they look quite old-fashioned, that doesn’t mean their message is old-fashioned. It’s no nonsense.”


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