- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Help wanted: someone to come wind up all the clocks at Buckingham Palace.

But before scoffing and mocking, know this: The queen maintains about 1,000 clocks at her residence.

Perhaps that’s the why the pay for a job that seems on surface so simple and straightforward starts off at $50,035 per year, United Press International reported.

The help-wanted advertisement is on Queen Elizabeth II’s official website. It says that the clock winder — or, as British people call it, the royal horological conservator — will mostly work at the palace. But the suitable candidate also will have to be able to commute to Windsor Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Balmoral Castle and Sandringham House to oversee the clock-winding duties there, too.

The busiest times of the year are March and October, when British Summer Time, as daylight saving time is called in the United Kingdom, starts and ends, respectively.

The best applicants will be “experienced at working with hand and machine tools” and also have the ability to “strips and clean mechanisms, make new parts,” the ad stated.



• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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