A former York College student, George Oates, was the royal footman who helped deliver news of the latest royal arrival to the nation, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge.
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As hundreds of well-wishers gathered outside Buckingham Palace to hear news of the Queen’s new grandchild, George Oates (pictured left) from Newby Wiske near Northallerton, emerged from Buckingham Palace to post the announcement of the new baby girl to a golden easel outside the palace – to a rapturous reception.
George became a royal footman after responding to a job advert on the British Monarchy website three years ago. Aged 16, George began his career in hospitality, working as a part-time waiter on weekends at Bettys Cafe Tea Room in Harrogate. A former pupil of Northallerton College, George came to York College to study a Foundation course in Art & Design in 2007 and progressed to studying a graphic design degree at university.
George continued his job while studying at university and decided he wanted to continue in hospitality when he graduated. His day-to-day duties at Buckingham Palace vary, ranging from managing catering for a meeting, to royal carriage duties, collecting guests or acting as a valet for male guests, ensuring their clothes are adequately pressed. George works wherever the Queen holds court, whether it is Buckingham Palace, Balmoral Castle or Sandringham House.