In keeping with my long-held fascination with all-things Royal, I have often wondered what it would be like to work for the Queen, - or any member of the Royal Family for that matter.
On one hand, it would be so exciting to be among the posh lifestyle that they live. On the other hand, it would also be quite intimidating because of all the rules and protocol that you would be obligated to follow at all times.
No doubt, anyone thinking of applying for any position that opens up at Buckingham Palace, at the top of their resume would undoubtedly be: ‘Have an eye for detail” Able to take orders and follow instructions.”
If not, you’re better off not even applying. And one of the most intimidating jobs I can think of would be the Queen’s personal chef. This person is in charge of developing the menu for Her Majesty and Prince Philip, but also in making sure everything is PERFECT before it makes its way to their plates at the dining table.
In a new book about working at Buckingham Palace, a former royal servant writes about an unforgettable incident that he was party to that caused him to think twice about his cherished job at the Palace.
First, a little background: According to the book, the queen and her husband would always keep notepads next to their plates when dining and would write down ‘helpful’ comments concerning the meal or the flower arrangements, or anything else that was part of the dining experience.
The purpose was to offer suggestions as to how the experience could be improved upon. Undoubtedly, these suggestions came in handy when Her Majesty would entertain foreign dignitaries and heads of state, so no unexpected faux pas would occur.
This time, however, it was less of a suggestion and more of a threat.
“According to former royal servant Charles Oliver's book ‘Dinner at Buckingham Palace,’ the Queen was less than thrilled to find a slug in one of her meals and dragged the chef via a scathing note." He tells it like this:
"Once, on a torn-off top sheet the footmen found the dead body of a slug," Charles wrote, adding that Queen Elizabeth wrote a small note next to the little body that read, ‘I found this in the salad—could you eat it?’
BOOM!! I’ll bet the next time they served the Queen, they got out a microscope to examine each inch of the feast - just so something like this NEVER happened again.
Yikes!! To learn more about this awkward incident, watch the video, below.