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'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