The Queen is looking for a new security guard to work at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, following a break-in attempt at Windsor Castle on Christmas Day.
The royal household is actively recruiting a new security guard for the Scottish royal palace, and says the applicant should be ‘responsive and take initiative’, as well as being comfortable with ‘heights and confined spaces’.
This comes just a month after an incident where a man was arrested on the grounds of the Windsor royal residence on December 25.
The Queen, 95, has been celebrating with the Prince of Wales, 73, and the Duchess of Cornwall, 74, when a man from Southampton, was arrested on suspicion of ‘breach or trespass of a protected site’ and possession of an offensive weapon, police said.
He was sectioned under the mental health following an assessment and remains in the care of medical professionals.
The Queen is looking to hire a security guard to patrol Holyroodhouse Palace in Scotland, pictured following an attempted break-in on Christmas Day at Windsor Palace
The job listing posted by the royal households advertises the security guard position, explaining they are looking for an experienced individual to work 12h shifts on a two days, two nights basis.
The main duty of the successful applicant will be to patrol the ground of Holyroodhouse, monitor visitor access, welcoming staff, and maintaining a ‘safe and secure environment throughout the Palace.’
The job also covers security patrols, fire safety inspections, as well as responding and reporting any incident that might take place on Palace grounds.
The Household added they were looking for a confident individual with strong inter-personal skills as well as experience within the organisation and a team-orientated manner.
A police officer stands outside Windsor Castle after an intruder got into the grounds. The Royal household is looking to buff its security team at Holyroodhouse Palace
‘You’ll be confident in the event of a security or fire related incident, able to apply your knowledge and judgement to respond effectively and make decision,’ the job listing read.
‘Interpersonal skills are important too, because you’ll be working closely with a wide range of people, including employees and visitors.
‘Above all, you’ll have initiative and a responsive attitude, essential qualities that will enable you to deliver to the highest standards every day,’ it added.
The security guard will get to eat at the palace each day or night of service and will have access to training and development as well as recreational facilities.
The salary for the position was not disclosed by Buckingham Palace, who simply said it will be ‘competitive’ and added they’ll provide a 15 per cent employer contribution pension scheme and benefits.
The Queen was celebrating Christmas Day when the 19-ywar-old intruder, allegedly armed with a crossbow, attempted to break into her residence. Pictured at Windsor Castle on October 19
This comes after a 19-year-old man who was arrested at Windsor Castle allegedly armed with a crossbow on Christmas Day and was sectioned under the Mental Health Act.
He was arrested shortly after he was spotted on CCTV roaming the gardens after scaling an outer wall.
Armed response teams raced to the scene within minutes and Thames Valley and Metropolitan Police arrested, searched and recovered a crossbow from the 19-year-old.
Armed officers stood on guard and a surveillance vehicle was spotted on castle grounds this morning as police stepped up security for the Royal Family after the scare.
Police officers were deployed outside Windsor Castle after an intruder broke into the grounds in late December
Police said the man was armed with a crossbow while sources added he used a rope ladder to scale a metal fence.
It is not clear if the intruder got close to the Queen’s private apartments. Police confirmed he did not enter any buildings and quickly ruled out any terrorist motive.
Crossbows are often referred to as ‘lethal but legal’ because they require no licence or registration and can be bought on the internet.
Within an hour of the security scare, the Queen, who is having Christmas at Windsor instead of Sandringham due to Covid fears, welcomed Prince Charles and Camilla to the castle.
Tourist stand in front of the Henry VII gate and take pictures at Windsor castle at Windsor, England on Christmas Day
A spokesperson from Scotland Yard said: ‘Security processes were triggered within moments of the man entering the grounds and he did not enter any buildings. Following a search of the man, a crossbow was recovered.’
They added: ‘Inquiries into the full circumstances of this incident are being progressed by Metropolitan police specialist operations.’
Prince Edward and Sophie arrived soon after the scare with their children, Lady Louise, 18, and Viscount Severn, 14.
Charles, Edward and their wives were later photographed as they made their way to a service in St George’s Chapel in the grounds of the castle.
The Queen missed the service in what is understood to be a personal choice. All the Royals then had lunch together.
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