U.K. job opportunity: Clean up after the queen

Diamond Jubilee souvenir plates featuring Britain's Queen Elizabeth II on sale in a shop in London, May 17, 2011.
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LONDON The Queen of England's impressive collection of fine china is in need of a new curator, of sorts. The royal family has posted a job for a new "General Catering Assistant (Wash-up)," which, translated out of royal-ese, is something along the lines of dishwasher.

A successful applicant will be granted the opportunity not only to scrub crumpet crumbs from Her Majesty's plate at Buckingham Palace, but also to travel (up to three months of every year) along with the queen and her brood to their various other palaces around the U.K.

In short, where Elizabeth's mess goes, the royal "washer-up" shall follow -- for compensation of about $22,000 per year.

According to the royal family's website, applicants should be willing to follow the trail of crumbs around the country and be "punctual and reliable" team-workers.

The job ad also says it would be "desirable" for applicants to have some degree of "experience of a similar type of role."

It is unclear whether that previous experience could include a stint as General Catering Assistant (Wash-up) at, say, Burger King.

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