Kate and Prince William’s London home set to get new security officer after safety scare

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Historic Royal Palaces, which looks after a number of royal buildings, is hiring a new security officer “to support the team in making Kensington Palace a safe and secure place to work and visit”. The role, advertised as Security Officer (Cover), pays £22,390 per year for an average 38.5 hours of work a week.

The job advert states: “As a Security Officer (Cover) your role will be to support the team in making Kensington Palace a safe and secure place to work and visit.

“Tasks will include the traditional elements of access control, patrolling, maintaining shift log records, monitoring CCTV, monitoring life safety systems, opening and closing the estate and being ready to assist our visitors in any way that helps them enjoy an unforgettable experience.”

The new security officer will be required to work both days and nights on a rolling seven-day rota.

The job advert also read: “This is a fantastic opportunity to become part of Kensington Palace’s 300-year history and help us to bring our fascinating stories to life for all our guests, every day.” 

This vacancy, for which people can apply until January 10, is intended to offer cover to existing officers based at the West London residence.

Historic Royal Palaces’ security officers look after Kensington Palace as a royal residence and touristic attraction.

On the other hand, Kate, Prince William and their children are kept safe on a day-to-day basis by their own royal protection officers.

Senior members of the Royal Family are provided with round-the-clock security carried out by the Royalty Protection Group, part of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS). 

This vacancy comes just days after an intruder breached Windsor Castle grounds on Christmas Day, at approximately 8.30am.

The 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of breach or trespass of a protected site and possession of an offensive weapon.

It was revealed he was found to have a crossbow on him.

This has prompted the Home Office to consider “options to strengthen controls on crossbows”, as stated by a spokesman for Home Secretary Priti Patel. 

The man was sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

At the moment of this security breach, Queen Elizabeth II was at her Berkshire residence, as she had previously decided to spend Christmas at Windsor given the steep rise of the Covid cases during December.

As confirmed by Clarence House, the Queen spent the festive day with Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

The royal pair were spotted heading to St George’s Chapel on Christmas morning to attend the traditional service. 

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester as well as the Wessex family also headed to the splendid church.

Kate, William and their children did not travel to Windsor to spend Christmas with the Queen.

This year, they chose to spend the festivities at Anmer Hall, their Norfolk residence.

They were joined by Kate’s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton. 

While Kensington Palace is their main residence in London, the Cambridges are known to spend most of their holidays and weekends in Norfolk.

In 2021, Prince Andrew was also involved in a security breach.

In mid-December, while he was driving at Windsor Castle, he was targeted by a woman who banged on his car window.     

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