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Prince Harry announces scholarships for training at Buckingham Palace

Those looking to hone their skills in the hospitality industry have an intriguing opportunity: a chance to train for six weeks at Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace.

Prince Harry announced on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II this week that “Royal Household Hospitality Scholarships” will be given to nine residents of the queens’s Caribbean realms. They’ll undertake six-week projects aimed at developing their skills in areas of expertise of their choosing.

“This could range from learning complex chocolate and sugar craft, performing duties for Her Majesty’s guests at Windsor Castle during Royal Ascot week or shadowing the service team at official and private events during this busy period,” said a Nov. 28 announcement on the British Royal Family’s website.

The project was launched in Grenada during Prince Harry’s royal tour of the Caribbean. 

Kensington Palace also posted about the initiative on Instagram, where it quoted Prince Harry as saying the training program was launched given tourism’s importance to Grenada’s economy.

After training for six weeks, nine scholars from the Caribbean “will then come home and share their skills and knowledge with others working across hotels and restaurants,” Prince Harry said. 

Those who receive the scholarships will work with the Master of the Household’s department and will be involved in planning and executing events hosted by the Queen and the Royal Family’s senior members. 

“This includes catering in the Royal Kitchen, housekeeping and caring for artwork and furnishings and front-of-house duties such as greeting guests and serving food and drinks,” the royal announcement said. “Each scholar will learn new techniques and will receive a certificate of completion from the Royal Household at the end of the six week placement.”

Training will culminate in Royal Ascot week, an annual horse racing event to be held in June 2017.