Friday, 25 April 2014

Cleaning Windows At Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace gets the waterfed pole (wfp) treatment. Click to enlarge.
If you could see what I could see when I'm cleaning windows! Man with an extra-long extendible pole makes sure the Queen gets a clear view from Buckingham Palace.
  • Window cleaner gives his client the Royal treatment with his extended brush.
  • A pole measuring approximately 100ft long is essential for the job.
  • The brush was located at the end of a pole measuring approximately 100ft long.
In reality, the extended 9 section wfp shown here would be no more than 60 ft.
Without the help of scaffolding or ladders, it is seemingly an essential piece of kit for buffing Her Majesty's windows up to the required royal standard. Just how easy it is to manoeuvre is anybody's guess, although the gentleman carrying out the task appears to have had a fair amount of practice.

The window cleaner has a tough job making sure the gooseneck doesn't twist at such heights.
Mail Online is certainly not aware of any breakages and one assumes the window cleaner gave the windows a good polish after washing them to eradicate all streaks, smears and smudges. And he probably felt under a huge amount of pressure to do a proper job: the pictures show he was cleaning the windows under the watchful gaze of one of the soldier's from her infantry unit The Queen's Guards.

A deep gooseneck is needed to reach over the sills. There are 760 windows in Buckingham Palace. All windows are cleaned every six weeks to keep them clean.
Wigan's most famous Ukulele playing star George Formby famously brought out the lighter side of a window cleaner's lot with his 1936 hit When I'm Cleaning Windows. In it, he fondly sang about how 'for a nosey parker it's an interesting job'. Yet with both feet firmly on the ground, and some 760 windows at the Palace to plough his way through, it's like that our man has neither the time nor the opportunity to peek through her Majesty's net curtains.

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