The Royals Are Hiring: Which Open Role Is Right for You?

By: Zoe Samuel
Estimated Completion Time
4 min
The Royals Are Hiring: Which Open Role Is Right for You?
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About This Quiz

The British Royal Family remains a staple of the newspapers, in countries where the Queen is head of state--the UK, Australia, Canada, and others--andĀ even in countries that ostensibly don't care about royalty and actively abhor the very notion, like the USA. This means there's a huge amount of interest in what happens in their household, and plenty of money to be made in leaking their secrets. That's partly why working for them is considered such a high-status job. You don't just have to be top of your field, you also have to be the very soul of discretion.

It is hard work to be a part of a royal household, according to those who have had the good fortune to be involved, but between the royals' charitable and diplomatic work, it is often very rewarding. The upsides of working for the royals are many. The pay is only average for the industry, though of course as a British resident, you get great health care with it. You also get to live in Palace quarters and sometimes go with them to special places like the Scottish Balmoral estate. You get the ultimate prestige, which gives you your pick of employers when you leave.

Of course, first you need to find the right job. Let's see which one suits you!

Would you like to travel a lot for work?
Yes, quite a lot
Constantly
As often as possible
Once in a while

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How much do you like to work with your hands?
I like it fine.
A lot
I hate it!
I love it!

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What do you want to wear for work?
A stylish wrap dress
A black suit with a gun
A fabulous pinstriped suit
A white jacket and sensible shoes

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Would you like to be in regular direct contact with the royals?
Yes, intimately, but not all day every day
Sure, all day - but I don't need to chat all day.
Yes, in a policy context
No, thanks

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Which working environment suits you best?
Modern office
Outdoors
Traditional office
Kitchen

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Which royal palace would you like to work in most?
Kensington Palace
Buckingham Palace
Frogmore House
Balmoral

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What accommodation do you hope comes with the job?
I don't want any.
A nice little one-bedroom apartment
I only care about the office, not the apartment.
A cottage on the estate

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Would you call yourself a policy expert?
In my field, I am an expert.
Not outside security and terrorism concerns
Absolutely
Not at all

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Why do you want to work for the Royal Family?
To contribute to keeping up the institution
To serve my country
To make their philanthropic work as effective as possible
To work at the top of the tree in my field

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Have you ever served in the military or police?
No, and I never wanted to.
Yes, for more than 10 years
Yes, for a few years
No, but I thought about it.

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Would you self-describe as a patriot?
Yes, actually
Definitely
In my way
Not really

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What do you consider to be the point of the monarchy?
To give people hope and a good example
To protect and serve the people
To avoid having a corruptible leader
I really don't know.

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Which royal do you like the best?
Katherine, Duchess of Cambridge
The Queen
Prince Harry
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex

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Where would you hope to work after the Palace?
Fashion house
Security company
High finance
A private residence of some prestige

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How easily can you bite your tongue in public?
I gossip quite a bit.
Totally easily. I'm like a safe.
I'm pretty discreet.
I have my opinions and I say them.

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Do you mind very substantial public feedback?
I love it!
No, thanks
I can deal.
I do not want that.

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How do you feel about all the pomp and ceremony that surrounds the royals?
I adore it!
I don't feel strongly about it.
I see the purpose of it.
I like it more than I let on.

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How academic are you?
Somewhat
Not at all
Extremely
A little

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How important is a regular schedule to you?
I can handle flexibility.
Very - I don't mind shifts, but I want to know what they are.
Extremely - I have a family.
Not very

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Which entity would you most like to impress?
The media and royal waters
I don't care what people think of me.
Environmental and philanthropic leaders like the Gateses
Foreign leaders and dignitaries

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If you could play with one of the Queen's possessions, what would it be?
All the jewels!
The guns
The authority
The residences

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Can you cope with long hours outside?
I hate being outside.
Sure! I love it!
I would die.
I don't love it.

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How important is money to you?
About average
Not even a tiny bit
Intensely
As long as my family is provided for, then not much

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Do you hope to always stay in the same sort of job you want now?
Yes, this or similar
Yes, exactly this
No, I will branch out.
Probably

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How much of your day do you want to spend writing?
A fair bit
None
Most of it
A little

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Which is the most beautiful royal residence?
Windsor Castle
Sandringham
Buckingham Palace
Balmoral

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What naughty thing might come up in your background check?
I did a few extra-legal substances.
Absolutely nothing
Some financial irregularities, now fixed
I had a minor conviction when I was under 18.

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Would you ever leak anything to the press?
I might, but only good things!
Absolutely not
Only with my boss' secret compliance
Not until I'd left the job, that's for sure

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Can you wear white all day and still look immaculate at the end of it?
Of course, that's easy.
Sure, if they want me to
Not really
I don't really mind not being immaculate, so no.

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What would you say to the Queen if you met her?
Probably nothing. I'd be in too much awe.
I wouldn't speak first, because she is the boss. So I'd just answer any questions she had.
I'd introduce myself and ask how I could be of service.
I'd say hello and tell her she's much admired in my house.

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