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Royal Family LIVE: Prince William and Kate advertise for critical Kensington Palace job

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are hiring a new housekeeper to assist at their London royal residence, Kensington Palace. The vacancy, which has been advertised on the Royal Family website, lists a number of desirable traits the successful candidate must have.

Applicants must be organised, take pride in their work and be able to maintain confidentiality at all times.

The listing reads: “We wish to appoint an experienced person to assist in Royal residences.

“You will support the management of all housekeeping operations and pro-actively deputise for the Senior Housekeeper, being accountable in their absence.”

The listing also states applicants must be able to manage a varied workload, work flexibly and be able to travel.

The job on offer is a permanent role, but a salary range has not been specified.

Currently, it is the only job opening for the Royal Family.

The closing date is on Saturday November 7 at 11.55pm.

William and Kate live at Apartment 1A with their three children, Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two.

The apartment boasts 20 bedrooms, five reception rooms, his-and-hers dressing rooms, as well as staff quarters.

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8.28am update: Grand Duke Henri addresses Luxembourgers as COVID cases rise

Luxembourg’s head of state addressed his people on Tuesday as coronavirus cases start to surge across Europe.

Grand Duke Henri spoke in Luxembourgish with French subtitles as he expressed his concern with the recent employee infections in hospitals and nursing homes.

He also told the people that they must work together to slow the spread of the virus and protect their loved ones – especially the vulnerable and elderly.

He said: “It is also important that everyone who lives, lives or works in Luxembourg helps to stop the spread of the virus once again.

“We all have a responsibility towards our loved ones, and in particular towards the vulnerable and the elderly.”

8.10am update: Buckingham Palace hit back at reports Queen will not attend church on Christmas Day

The Queen and other senior members of the Royal Family typically attends a Christmas Day service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham.

But royal experts have claimed the tradition might not go ahead this year, due to the coronavirus restrictions.

A spokesperson said: “It's too early to be making decisions about Christmas, and it's all undecided at the moment.”

7.53am update: Kensington Palace under review for links to slave trade

Lucy Worsley, a television historian, is leading an investigation into royal residences and their links to Britain’s historical slave trade.

One of many iconic buildings under the inquest is the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s London home, Kensington Palace.

Other buildings under review include the Tower of London and Hampton Court.

The BBC documentarian’s new inquest was prompted by the Black Lives Matter movement, and follows a National Trust report on Britain’s historical links to the slave trade.

Their report suggested a third of its properties were linked to money generated by the trade between the 17th century and the Slave Trade Act 1807.

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