Over a thousand professional palace employees and guards are involved in physically running the British monarchy at and from its English and Scottish residences, from Buckingham Palace to Winsor and from Sandringham to Balmoral. Many are mainly menial specialists in matters from catering to clock-maker and from wine cellar-master to flag-flying or piper, often ancient court traditions, as well as the royal art collection. Some see to ceremonies such as invitations and investitures with decorations, especially in the Lord Chamberlain's department. Others manage the media and the budget, on top of the private secretary's political advise office. Some move with the monarch, within Britain -especially on Scottish Summer sojourn- or even abroad.
10 March 2008 (Australia)
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