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    Posted May 20, 2012 by
    Glasgow, Scotland
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee

    HM The Queen


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     jamesmills25 was working at a chicken factory in Glasgow, Scotland, when he applied for a 'trainee butler, live-in position in London, not experience required,' he told CNN's Barry Neild. When Buckingham Palace called to offer him a job, his mother thought it was a crank call.

    'It's one of those jobs you never expect to hear back from so when they called my house, my mother thought it was one of my friends having a wind up, so for three days she kept telling them to piss off.'

    Eventually Mills called the number back himself and accepted the job. Evidently the staff at Buckingham Palace were used to being mistaken for hoaxers.

    Mills went on to work for Queen Elizabeth II from 2002 until 2006. He will shortly be taking up a position with the Qatari royal family.

    In the first image, Mills is wearing what's known as the 'full state livery,' worn when on carriage duty during state visits. 'The footman -- that was me -- would either walk alongside the carriage in which the queen, or visiting head of state rides, or depending on the style of carriage, the footman may ride on the back. It is my job to protect the persons inside, and also to get the carriage door open when it stops to assist the passengers in or out.'
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer

    A few years ago, I was a butler at Buckingham Palace. I would serve HM The Queen, her husband HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, and many other members of the British Royal Family. At this special time of Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee, I will be celebrating the special occasion with many friends, and reflecting upon my extraordinary experience of being a former Royal Butler. I hope to be celebrating another 10 years at the very minimum of having HM Queen Elizabeth II as the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom
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