Firstly, I am still very much in training. There is a lot to learn. I have a script which I must know by heart, it contains lots of information about the palace, about the Dukes of Marlborough and about the beautiful artifacts that they collected and the great works of art kept at the palace.
I spent the first day mostly in a kind of information and sensory overload. The place is oppulent and a lot of it is not what I would call tasteful - of course tastes change and it is hard to imagine living with these things nowadays... but the Duke of Marlborough still lives in the house, albeit in the private apartments... it's still very grand.
I have a strong socialist streak in me and even though I consider myself fairly sophisticated and worldly wise and would proudly declare that I will talk to prince or pauper in exactly the same vein (with equal respect) I can't help but feel 'my place' when at the palace. It's terrible but I do feel as 'out of place' as I am sure my ancestors would have in the presence of such riches. It is all alien to me, in fact I cannot conceive having so much when so many are so needy.
If any of you are wondering where this is going and fearing that my 'off with their heads' tendencies will put me at odds with my employers, fear not! In the great scheme of things at the palace, the guides are considered very much at the bottom of the heirarchy. And I believe, that that, is where I feel most comfortable!
Below stairs and proud of it!