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26 May 2024

Queen Elizabeth hiring curtain maker

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By Bang

Queen Elizabeth is hiring a new curtain maker and soft furnishings upholsterer to maintain 1,000 rooms in Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace, and St James's Palace.

The 90-year-old royal is in the market for someone who can maintain the curtains and soft furnishings of over 1,000 rooms in Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace, and St James's Palace, in a job that will "stretch" the successful applicant as they work on "protecting the heritage" of the famous household.

The job description on the Royal Household website reads: "It's knowing your curtains add the finishing touch to the state rooms. It's protecting heritage by leaving your own legacy. And it's furnishing some of the most famous houses in the world. This is what makes working for the Royal Household exceptional."

The successful applicant can be expected to receive a salary of £22,000 for the position, and will have to "consistently aim for the highest standards".

The description continues: "Within Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and St. James's Palace there are more than a thousand rooms, all containing various furniture and furnishings. Your challenge will be to provide curtains and soft furnishings that will maintain the presentation and functionality of these unique environments.

"You'll manage and deliver multiple soft furnishing projects, designing new items, estimating materials, costs and timings, and cutting fabrics. From tailoring furniture covers, to creating new curtains to scale the heights of state rooms, you'll consistently aim for the highest standards.

"Working with numerous historic items, you'll survey and evaluate the condition of furnishings, prioritising work to both repair and preserve items, whilst also meeting the operational needs of working Royal residences.

"You'll carefully record all your handlings of historic furnishings, as well as keeping workrooms in good condition, fully equipped and stocked.

"The range of projects will stretch you. And knowing that you're conserving and creating magnificent items that will be enjoyed by future generations will give you the greatest sense of reward."

Applications for the job close on April 6.