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Over the course of 21 years, Paul Burrell rose from member of the Royal household staff to personal attendant to the Queen of England and then butler to the Prince and Princess of Wales.
Ultimately, he became the trusted personal assistant and confidante to the late Diana, Princess of Wales.
In 2003, he published his autobiography, A Royal Duty, which included his personal account of his Royal service and his close friendship with the late princess, who was arguably one of the world’s most popular and beloved public figures.
This book was a London and New York Times number 1 best seller and sold in excess of 3 million copies worldwide. His next book, The Way We Were – Remembering Diana, was also a best seller throughout the world.
In 21 years of service to the British Royal family, Paul worked closely in and around some of the most beautiful homes and palaces in England.
In actuality, his travels included far more than Great Britain and Europe, as his years of service gave him first-hand experience of the most interesting houses in virtually every corner of the world.
His exposure to fine homes, priceless art collections and furnishings has provided Burrell with all manner of expertise and he has become a taste arbiter and expert in food, wines, furnishings, flower arranging, etiquette and entertaining, especially in the English style.
“During my 21 years of service to the Queen & the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince & Princess of Wales, I have been fortunate to witness the ultimate in stylish and elegant entertaining.
From private and intimate family occasions at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Kensington Palace and the Royal Yacht Britannia to grand and lavish State Banquets for presidents, kings and queens.
My memories of such events have led me to want to share my experiences.”
A Childhood Wish
Paul’s childhood was humble – what he calls, “a far cry from the luxury of Buckingham Palace.”
He was born, on June 6, 1958, into a working‐class family and lived in a small terraced house in the village of Grassmoor, a coal‐mining community in the north of England. He recalls his first visit to London with his family at the age of eight, watching the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace and turning to his parents saying, "One day I'm going to work here."
His childhood wish came true, and during his years of service, he rose to one of the most prestigious levels in the Royal Household and then trusted butler to the heir to the throne.