It takes a small village to run the royal grounds. That's why there's the royal household.
The royal household employs 1200 staff across a wide range of professions with varied skills including catering and hospitality, gardening, finance, secretarial, media relations, marketing, human resources, IT, property surveying and maintenance, equine management, visitor management and retail, furniture restoration, curatorship and strategic planning and research.
Pictured are members of the household brigade stand guard in front of Buckingham Palace, in London, on April 28, 2011.
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