Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex are looking for a new member of staff to help manage their diaries and coordinate their royal visits.
The Queen’s youngest son, 57, and his wife have advertised for the role of Programme Co-ordinator at the Royal Household online.
The listing explains the successful candidate will be based at Bagshot Park and will be part of a ‘small team responsible for the planning, co-ordination and circulation of TRH’s official programmes and briefing materials.’
Depending on experience, the salary being offered is up to £26,500 per year for working Monday to Friday.
Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex are looking for a new member of staff to help manage their diaries and coordinate their royal visits
The job advert explains: ‘Their Royal Highnesses The Earl and Countess of Wessex have busy working schedules in the UK and abroad in support of Her Majesty The Queen and their own Patronages and areas of focus.’
The role involves ‘liaising with internal stakeholders and official engagement organisers’ as well as ‘shaping and assisting with the design of visits and engagements’ and ‘playing an important role in ensuring that the final programme is to a high standard.
‘You will provide varied administrative and logistical support to the office, including managing travel and visa arrangements, organising accommodation, responding to general enquiries and preparing correspondence.
‘By joining the team, you will have the opportunity to expand your existing administrative skills in a truly unique environment.
The role is based at the couple’s home of Bagshot Park and, depending on experience, the salary being offered is up to £26,500 per year
Searching for the perfect candidate, the advert describes their ideal employee: ‘Ideally with some previous experience in a similar role, you will be a skilled administrator.
‘With excellent IT and written skills, and a meticulous eye for detail, you will be confident accurately drafting varied correspondence and documents.
‘You’ll also be efficient, extremely organised and able to prioritise multiple tasks.
‘With confident and professional verbal communication, you’ll liaise easily with a wide range of individuals and organisations.’
The Queen’s youngest son and his wife have advertised for the role of Programme Co-ordinator at the Royal Household online
‘Enthusiastic and with abundant initiative, you will enjoy a varied workload and working collaboratively as part of a small team.’
It continued: ‘In return, you will be rewarded with a comprehensive package, including 33 days holiday (inclusive of Bank Holidays), a 15 per cent employer contribution pension scheme (with the option for flexibility – to increase contributions or draw down as salary), and support for your continued professional development.’
The job advert comes days after the Countess of Wessex spent her birthday volunteering at an NHS vaccination centre in Surrey as part of her work with St John Ambulance.
Sophie, who turned 57 last week, has been Grand President of the charity, which provides first-aid training, and disaster and humanitarian relief worldwide, since 2004.
During her shift, she was photographed working with fellow volunteers to greet patients, take their details, and look after their wellbeing.
Sophie, picture here with the Queen in 2019, as the pair visited the Guide Dogs National Centre in Leamington Spa, is thought to be the monarch’s favourite family member
This isn’t the first time the Countess has worked at one of the vaccination centres; she trained as a Care Volunteer last year before volunteering with the charity to help the Covid-19 jab rollout across the country.
Sophie is thought to be the monarch’s ‘favourite’ family member and closest confidante.
She, and her husband Edward, Earl of Wessex, the Queen’s youngest son, often visit the Queen in Windsor, and live a just a short drive away at Bagshot Park with their two children.
Sophie and The Queen are said to speak at least once a day and enjoy regular Saturday ‘movie afternoons’ when they watch old films together.