Hospitality workers get chance to train at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle

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Promising hospitality workers from the Caribbean will have the chance to train at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle under a new scholarship programme announced by Prince Harry.

Harry, who is on a 15-day tour of the West Indies, launched the project during a reception in Grenada with the governor general Dame Cecile La Grenade and the country's prime minister Keith Mitchell.

Nine places are available under the Royal Household Hospitality Scholarship initiative, and the successful applicants will be attached to the Master of the Household's department.

The department looks after all planning and entertaining given by the Queen, both official and private, in the UK and overseas and also provides support to the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales and other members of the Royal Family.

The scholars will undertake a six week project to advance their skills in their chosen area of expertise, they will learn new techniques and receive a certificate of completion from the Royal Household at the end of their placement.

The training could range from learning complex chocolate and sugar craft, performing duties for the Queen's guests at Windsor Castle during Royal Ascot week or shadowing the service team at official and private events during this busy period.

Candidates can apply from the nine Caribbean countries where the Queen is head of state which include Jamaica, Grenada and St Lucia.

Applications should be made to the Governor General's office in each realm. Successful candidates will be provided with staff accommodation in the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace, as well as meals and travel. Flights will be provided by their home realm.