Palace cleaners have to pass dead fly test if they want to work for the Queen

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It will come as no surprise that the Queen and the royal family have high standards for their staff.

Anybody who's 'office' is Buckingham Palace, Sandringham or Windsor Castle will have undergone a rigorous application process, so the households know they've got the best people for the jobs.

The recruitment team have a unique test for cleaners hoping to secure a position.

Tracey Waterman, the head of recruitment, has revealed they have developed the exercise in order to find the "special" cleaners.

The key feature of the test is a dead fly! She explained how it works on Channel 5's documentary Sandringham: The Royals at Christmas, saying: "The difference between housekeeper in a five-star hotel and in a royal Palace would be attention to detail."

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She continued: "One of the tests I like to do, to see if a candidate has potential eye for detail, is to place a dead fly, either in the fireplace or on the carpet.

"Once the dead fly is placed, I then bring the candidate into the room.

"I lead them into the room quite slowly, just giving them a chance to glance at the room, have a little look at what we’ve got inside the room."

"Bringing them to the fireplace, maybe highlighting that we’ve got a beautiful fireplace."

This is the moment Tracey would like the candidate to say something. "At this point I’d expect them to see the dead fly, and hopefully pick it up."

In order to really impress the recruitment team the resolving the issue is a vital step.

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"It’s a great test, maybe out of 10 people half the candidates will notice the fly. One out of ten will actually bend down and pick it up, that’s the special housekeeper."

So, if you ever find yourselves interviewing for the position make sure you keep an eye out for deceased bugs.

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The last time a cleaning position was advertised was in October last year. The apprenticeship had an annual salary of £19,100, but also offered extra benefits.

These included living in the palace, all meals provided as well as any travel expenses and an eventual qualification in Housekeeping to ensure higher chances of future employability at other hospitality venues.

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