Queen's staff had to 'remember their place' while serving in Palace: 'There's a ...

Queen’s staff ‘have to remember’ their ‘place’ says Dai Davies

Those closest to Her Majesty across her historic 69-year reign are the servants and staff who serve to help the Queen carry out her duties as monarch. Throughout the years hundreds have been employed to ensure Buckingham Palace is maintained, the Royal Family protected and the needs of those inside the world's most famous family met. Among them was former royal butler Paul Burrell, who was employed by the Firm at the age of just 18.

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Initially, Paul served as a Buckingham Palace footman, before becoming the Queen's personal footman, earning himself the nickname 'Small Paul'.

By 1987, he joined the household of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, at Highgrove House in Gloucestershire.

Here, Paul would work as butler to the Princess of Wales until her tragic death in August, 1997.

His years inside Buckingham Palace, and life outside when he quit his duties, going on to become a household name and celebrity, were explored in the Channel 5 documentary Paul Burrell: Royal Service, Scandal & Celebrity.

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Queen's staff had to 'remember their place' while serving in Palace: 'There's a boundary'Queen's staff had to 'remember their place' while serving in Palace: 'There's a boundary' (Image: GETTY/CHANNEL 5)

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While he was one of those most intimate with the family, the programme's narrator explained he "would have been made aware of his standing" within the Palace.

Dai Davies, who served the royals from 1994 to 1998 - as head of Scotland Yard royalty protection forces, recalled the "boundary between the royals and their staff".

He said: "I think Her Majesty, she has seen so many servants, police officers, private secretaries come and go.

"All of us who work with, and for, the Royal Family have to remember our place.

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Dai Davies, who served the royals from 1994 to 1998 - as head of Scotland Yard royalty protection forcesDai Davies, who served the royals from 1994 to 1998 - as head of Scotland Yard royalty protection fo (Image: CHANNEL 5)

"We're there to support them - we're not there to be their best friends."

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