[Easemakers Podcast E19] Serving as a footman to Queen Elizabeth II

This week, people around the world are paying homage to Queen Elizabeth II. On this episode of the Easemakers Podcast, Chris Ely shares what it was like to be a footman at Buckingham Palace.

By Kristin Twiford

In February 1981, on his 18th birthday, Chris Ely started his first job out of school: serving as a footman to Queen Elizabeth II.

Over the next three years, Chris catered state dinners at Buckingham Palace, learned the intricacies of each of the Queen’s homes, traveled on the royal yacht, and had a front-row seat to history (sometimes, with a view from the Queen’s carriages).

Today, as the world mourns the loss of Queen Elizabeth II, Chris shares what it was like to serve at Buckingham Palace, what he learned from watching the Queen, and how his time there affected the rest of his 40 year career in private service.

Don’t miss this special episode, and keep scrolling to see Chris in his uniform!

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Chris Ely in his footman's uniform during his time at Buckingham Palace
Chris Ely in his footman’s uniform during his time at Buckingham Palace

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