Strict rules Royal staff have to follow – from no perfume to ‘perfect’ tea

Just like any job, working for the Royal Family involves a certain number of rules.

But while normal office etiquette involves coming to work on time and not scrolling on social media – working for the Royals involves a another level of rules.

Staff working for the Royal Family have to follow strict guidelines – including not wearing perfume and previously making the Queen’s dogs’ fresh meals.

Before you even get a job, you have to go through a very tough interview process.

Head of royal recruitment, Tracey Waterman, revealed how staff are put through a “dead fly” test before they are even considered.

According to Royal biographer Ingrid Seward, Royal staff are expected to avoid wearing overpowering aftershaves or perfumes.

This is so they don’t offend Royal Family members who may be sensitive to the smell.

She explained: “Prince Philip once had a footman who used to wear a particular aftershave, and it used to make him feel quite ill. He couldn’t think what this awful smell was!

“I think he had to stop wearing it – they can’t wear overpowering scents.”

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According to the Queen’s former chef Darren McGrady, they were also asked to make home-cooked meals for her corgis.

They would make them meals make up of rabbit and liver, died with cabbage and rice as part of their own “a la carte menu”.

It may come as no surprise that the Royal Family, like many Brits, are very particular when it comes to their daily brew.

According to The Times, Evan Samson, Dumfries House’s hospitality manager, had to make sure Prince Charles had the perfect cup of tea.

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He recommended using one teaspoon of tea leaves per cup, plus extra for the pot – and to add milk last.

The strict rules don’t stop there – the water must be heated to 70°C for green tea, and 100°C for Earl Grey or English breakfast tea .

There are many strict rules regarding tea. For example, green tea should be brewed for three minutes, and black for five.

When serving the tea it has to be placed “to the right, with the teaspoon under the handle”.

According to Ingrid, staff are also expected to “melt into the background”, if they are around Royal Family members.

She explained: “If someone was cleaning and a royal family member came along, you’d jump out of their vision.”

Full-time staff are also expected to live at the main residences, such as Buckingham Palace.

While guests are allowed to visit, there is a strict 10pm curfew, and no sleepovers allowed, according to McGrady.

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