Buckingham Palace to cut 380 jobs due to effects of coronavirus

London (dpa) – Because of the coronavirus pandemic, 380 short-term jobs will be lost at Buckingham Palace in London this year, a spokeswoman for the Royal Collection Trust confirmed to dpa on Friday.

The trust manages the castles and works of art owned by the British royals.

All the workers affected were offered employment in the coming year, the spokeswoman said.

Queen Elizabeth II's official London residence normally opens its doors to visitors for three months each summer while the queen stays in her summer residence Balmoral in Scotland. Hundreds of employees are employed for this, for example to check tickets, issue audio guides and sell souvenirs.

According to the spokeswoman, these are primarily retirees and students who earn an average of around 2,000 pounds (around R43,000) per month.

In 2018, more than 570,000 people had visited Buckingham Palace, but because of the coronavirus pandemic, however, the opening was cancelled this year.