Don’t freak out but The Palace is hiring. This week a rare - and extremely special - job posting popped up on LinkedIn advertising for an Assistant Correspondence Officer - which is Palace-speak for someone to reply to The Queen's post.
Joining the Correspondence Unit in London, the lucky candidate will be tasked with penning “timely and well-composed responses” to the many thousands of letters sent to The Royal Household each year.
As well as “general messages of good wishes,” the Queen apparently receives “often unique queries” and, since all incoming correspondence is recorded and monitored, there’s no way the 95-year-old can tackle it all herself. The new Assistant Correspondence Officer will therefore not only join a team tasked with ensuring every single letter gets a reply, “You'll be proud of the number of letters you respond to,” the advert says, “Which will drive you to deliver consistently high standards.”
“It's drafting a letter that someone will never forget,” the advert continues. No pressure then.
This is a full-time, Monday to Friday job with a starting salary of £23,500 and it comes with a comprehensive benefits package, which includes 33 days of holiday, a pension scheme and additional development and training.
You'll be gutted to learn that applications on LinkedIn are already closed but the closing date was originally listed as 5 December 2021 - so perhaps there's still time to post your CV?
According to the palace website, The Queen still takes a keen interest in the letters she receives. It says that one of her Private Secretaries shows Her Majesty almost all of her correspondence on a daily basis and it’s well-known that she still sends congratulatory messages to members of public on their 100th and 105th birthdays, as well as 60th, 65th and 70th wedding anniversaries.
As for the best way to address your letters, The Royal Household recommends that formal letters open with 'Madam' and close with "I have the honour to be, Madam, Your Majesty's humble and obedient servant". The only ones that will never get a response? Anything related to politics.
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