UK Queen looking to recruit correspondence officer

Last Updated: Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 00:01

London: In an age of emails and texts, Queen Elizabeth II, known for her partiality towards the traditional method of writing letters, is looking for a correspondence officer to help her with her mails.

According to media reports here, the latest job opening at Buckingham Palace offers 20,000 pounds a year and requires the "ability to read and digest a large number of letters in a short space of time".

The Royal website states: "The correspondence office deals with most of the general public correspondence addressed to the Queen. The office deals with a high volume of mail, all of which requires sensitive handling and thoughtful replies."
Applicants must "remain calm under pressure whilst maintaining constant and close attention to detail".

For those thinking of writing to the Queen, the website also clarifies on how the monarch should be addressed in a formal letter.

The correct form of words is: "I have the honour to be, Madam, Your Majesty? s humble and obedient servant", but this is not obligatory.

"You should feel free to write in whatever style you feel comfortable," it adds.
The Queen is still a reassuringly staunch believer in "snail mail". She is known for her letters of thank you and appreciation sent out to the members of public.
Last year, the Diamond Jubilee year of her reign, was a particularly busy period for the Correspondence Office with over 60,000 "Jubilee" letters, far exceeding the figure of 26,000 in 2011 over the same five-month period.

The Queen received an exceptional number of letters and messages of goodwill following the Diamond Jubilee weekend in June 2012, including over 71,000 electronic messages of congratulations through the official Diamond Jubilee website.


First Published: Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 00:01
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