Phuket: Serving tea to the Queen

One evening, Paul was watching a TV episode of Upstairs, Downstairs, a British drama from the 1970s that followed the exploits of an upper class family and their house staff.

While many watched the show for its glamorous depiction of upper class family life, there were others who tuned in to follow the escapades and relationships of the down-to-earth servants. Paul remembered thinking that ‘it’ looked ‘interesting’, but then thought nothing more of it.

“The next few days I was looking through a local Windsor newspaper and saw an advertisement for a butler position for a ‘large Berkshire home’. I applied and then about two weeks later I received a letter from Buckingham Palace inviting me down for an interview.”

Although it was more than 20 years ago, Paul remembers it like it was yesterday, “It was one of the worst hours of my life… It was daunting, I was 18-years-old and this was my second ever interview…read the full interview by clicking here