Granny needs help in the palace! And Prince Harry has delivered the answer.
The royal announced Monday night that new scholarships are being made available for chefs, hosts, housekeepers and those looking to grow their experience in caring for art and furnishings for Queen Elizabeth.
Harry, 32, explained that new Royal Household Hospitality Scholarships are being started to give nine young professionals across each of the Queen’s realms of the Caribbean the chance to work at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle for six weeks next year – ending in the socially-busy Royal Ascot week in June.
Harry, who is currently on a two-week tour of the Caribbean, launched the project at a reception in Grenada with Governor General Cecile La Grenade and Prime Minister Keith Mitchell. Grenada, like most Caribbean countries, relies heavily on the hospitality and eco-tourism industries.
“These young people will then come home and share their skills and knowledge with others working across hotels and restaurants,” he said in a speech.
The up-and-coming professionals will be attached to the Master of the Household’s department in the planning and delivery of all entertaining hosted by the Queen and other members of the royal family. So that will mean them working in catering in the royal kitchen, housekeeping, caring for artwork “and front-of-house duties such as greeting guests and serving food and drinks,” the palace said in a statement.
The skills taught could range from complex chocolate-and-sugar crafting to shadowing the service team at official and private events during this busy springtime period leading up to the week of events that the Queen hosts at Windsor Castle in June.
And on Tuesday, another scholarship supported by Prince Harry was in the spotlight. Sargent Alan Robinson, an aircraft engineer in the Royal Air Force, was announced as the first amputee pilot to have flown an original Supermarine Spitfire since WWII aces Douglas Bader and Colin “Hoppy” Hodgkinson. Robinson is a recipient The Spitfire Scholarship, a private initiative supported by Prince Harry and the Royal Foundation’s Endeavour Fund and run by the Boultbee Flight Academy.
Robinson, who lost his right leg below the knee in a 2011 motorcycle accident, thought he would never achieve his dream of getting his pilot’s license.
“It’s impossible to put the experience of this achievement into words,” he said in a statement. “How it feels and what it means. Put simply I have achieved a childhood dream, but as a boy I could not have known a devastating accident would be the catalyst to that dream becoming a reality.”
The Spitfire Scholarship draws inspiration from Douglas Bader, who flew during the Second World War and amassed 20 individual aerial victories despite losing both his legs in a flying accident in 1931. The scholarship is intended to motivate those who have a disability to go on to achieve great things.