The Queen Of England Is Hiring

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Queen Elizabeth hiring head gardenerQueen Elizabeth II is looking for a head gardener to maintain the 50,000 acres of lawns and flower beds at her Balmoral Estate, what Queen Victoria called "my dear paradise in the Highlands."

The site, with its "heather clad hills" and "ancient Caledonian woodland," has been a royal retreat since the early 14th century. Prince Albert purchased the Balmoral property in 1852 as a gift to his beloved, Victoria, and since then it has passed to successive generations of royals.

The job ad, posted on the Balmoral website, states that applicants "should be self-motivated, capable of working with minimal supervision and should have good management skills."

The position also has a lot of perks, including housing on the picturesque property, and the chance to win a Royal Warrant, an award given to individuals who have spent at least five years supplying goods or services to the royal family. Lucky recipients can display the Royal Arms and the prestigious marker "By Appointment" on their stationary, cars, mailboxes or anything else that might benefit from a flash of majesty.

Anti-monarchists have long criticized the queen and her brood for living in luxury on the backs of British taxpayers. The royal family cost the country $67.5 million in 2009, a sizable sum, but still only $1.10 per person, as The Telegraph points out.

But the queen's help-wanted ad brings attention to the monarchy's less-touted economic benefits. Balmoral Estate alone employs 50 full-time staff, between 50 and 100 part-time staff, and an army of contractors, injecting over $1.6 million into local bank accounts, according to its website.

The tourist industry in the surrounding area employs a further 4,000 people, bringing in $65 million to the Deeside economy. While people come for the stunning vistas and salmon fishing, the chance to breathe the same fresh Scottish air as the head of 16 sovereign states is another major draw.

Interested applicants should submit a resume by Sept. 23.



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