The Queen is looking for a Balmoral head gardener, The Washington Post and others reported today, August 31. Balmoral Castle and Gardens in Aberdeenshire is one of the Queen’s private holdings and is the retreat the Queen, Prince Philip and various other Royals visit in August every year. This year’s season is rapidly drawing to a close; Prince Charles has been spotted hunting for mushrooms, a sure sign that Fall is coming and that the last quarter of the Royal Year is about to launch.
The job comes with benefits and a cottage on Balmoral’s 50,000 acres of grounds:
“The successful applicant will be expected to supervise the maintenance of all garden areas at Balmoral Castle. Applicants should be experienced in all aspects of gardening and be capable of meeting the high standards required at this important property. Applicants should be self-motivated, capable of working with minimal supervision and should have good management skills, including personnel management.”
The ad leaves out mentions of driving rain, snow, biting cold and “midges.”
Just as Queen Victoria was the first monarch to live in Buckingham Palace, Balmoral became that queen’s home in 1848. And, like Buckingham Palace, Balmoral is open to the public only at certain times of the year– usually April through July inclusive.
Both are wildly popular, but the Buckingham Palace wedding-themed exhibition has, according to reports, exceeded 600,000 visitors this year. Next year’s focus? Fabergé eggs.
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Sources: Balmoral Castle, Washington Post
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