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The Modern Butlers’ Journal, July 2021, My Butler Julius

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by Julius Smith

Rewards of Service

Many of us who have been in service for a number of years will have received gestures of thanks ranging from cash to even cars and property. It has to be said, the larger tokens of thanks only happen in very rare circumstances.

To the outside world, the perception is that the staff of the ultra-wealthy are showered with gifts, but this is far from the reality, as the very wealthy often can be very careful with their money. Those entering domestic service hoping to enjoy such spoils are quickly disappointed.

In my experience, anyone providing service for material gain rarely succeeds, while those who dedicate their lives to serving others often reap the rewards. A good example is Mr. David Berwick, valet for 46 years to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh: After The Duke’s death, he was named in the will and became a member of The Royal Victorian Order.

The Institute is dedicated to raising service standards by broadly disseminating the mindset and superior service expertise of that time-honored, quintessential service provider, the British Butler, updated with modern people skills, and adapted to the needs of modern employers and guests in staffed homes, luxury hotels, resorts, spas, retirement communities, jets, yachts & cruise ships around the world.