One of the palace travel director’s tasks would be arranging travel on the royal train, which Queen Elizabeth and Duchess Meghan took on a visit to Sussex in June 2018. (Photo: WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Love travel? You could work for a royal.
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II is hiring a “Director of Royal Travel,” according to a job listing posted to the Buckingham Palace website.
The role is a permanent, full-time position with a starting salary listed at around $111,000 (85,000 pounds).
The travel director will focus on purchasing “safe, efficient, cost-effective and appropriate travel services” for the official duties of the royal family members and their households, the listing states.
This includes organizing air and train travel as well as overseeing operations of the queen’s helicopters.
In order to be qualified, the palace is asking for experience in financial management and travel operations, with a focus on safety. Leadership, negotiating skills, conflict resolution and good communication are also desired skills.
The last day to apply for the position is December 20.
Traveling is a big part of life for the royal family, who make official royal visits to neighboring as well as faraway countries. And while the 93-year-old monarch has largely retired from making overseas trips, her children and grandchildren travel frequently on her behalf.
On Sunday, Prince William began a four-day mission to the Persian Gulf nations of Kuwait and Oman marking his first official visit to both countries.
In November, Prince Harry made his first official visit to Japan for the 2019 Rugby World Cup Final between England and South Africa. The previous month, he and wife Duchess Meghan made a trip to Africa, their first with son Archie.
The eco-conscious couple was painted as hypocritical for using private jets on their August vacation, which prompted Harry to clarify his stance.
“I spend 99% of my life traveling the world by commercial,” he said while in Amsterdam promoting a new sustainable travel initiative in September. “Occasionally, there needs to be an opportunity based on a unique circumstance to ensure that my family are safe, and it’s genuinely as simple as that.”
With regard to the impact on climate change, the former army helicopter pilot added, “We can all do better. And, while no one is perfect, we all have a responsibility for our own individual impact. The question is, what we do to balance it out.”
Days later, William and his family were spotted taking Flybe, a budget British airline, to Scotland.
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