Her Majesty the Queen’s huge royal home needs cleaning, but staff have a surprising rule of thumb for keeping the floors shiny in Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Balmoral and more.
The queen‘s cleaning staff in all of her royal homes have a huge job, but it turns out that it’s actually more challenging to keep the homes immaculate than you might expect thanks to a surprising rule – they can not use vacuum cleaners.
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With 775 rooms inside Buckingham Palace, around 1,000 rooms and 484,000 square feet of space at Windsor Castle and reported 52 royals and guest rooms at Balmoral Castle, there is plenty of space for cleaning staff to cover. So why do they not use vacuum cleaners? Instead of making too much noise with the classic cleaner, the documentary Royal Servants revealed that staff are sweeping floors and carpets.
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According to the 2011 documentary, “Cleaners sweep carpets so that the royal ears are not offended by vacuum cleaners.
“The best servant is one who is neither seen nor heard.”
Of course, the Queen is not always in residence on all of her estates – and is currently staying primarily at Windsor Castle – so perhaps this rule does not always apply.
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The Royal Family’s official website is currently announcing several housekeeping roles for those interested in joining the staff, including a housekeeper at Windsor Castle for 40 hours a week. That job postings states: “This is a role of enormous variety. You will manage many aspects of our household operations, including the presentation of the castle, laundry service, hospitality and daily conservation of furniture and works of art.”
Avoiding vacuum cleaners is not the only constraint in place in the monarch’s home. It was previously reported that staff can no longer get dogs to come to work with them – despite the Queen herself being a giant dog lover with her own pet Corgis.
The centuries-old tradition was reportedly put to an end in 2018 by Lord Chamberlain, head of the Queen’s household. The mentioned hygiene and safety as the reasons behind the decision.
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