The Queen’s chimney sweep reveals how the ‘incredibly knowledgeable’ monarch always spoke to the people who worked for her about their jobs and made them feel ‘very important’
The Queen’s chimney sweeps have revealed how the monarch would make them feel ‘important’ when working in her homes, including Buckingham Palace.
Kevin Giddings, 61, and his Milborrow Chimney Sweeps team have been tending to chimneys and fires at royal homes including Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, St James’s Palace and Kensington Palace since 2002.
Speaking to The Argus, his wife Katie recalled how the ‘knowledgeable’ late monarch spoke to her husband about his job and made everyone around her ‘feel important’.
Kevin Giddings (pictured) has been tending the chimneys of royal households, including Buckingham Palace, for over 20 years
Mr Giddings received a Royal Warrant in 2002 from Her Majesty The Queen, who died peacefully at Balmoral Castle in Scotland aged 96 on September 8.
The chimney sweep was introduced to the Queen six times and also met then-Prince Charles and the late Duke of Edinburgh.
He also crossed paths with Her Majesty as he cleaned her palaces and his wife Katie revealed the Queen made him feel important through a series of small gestures.
“On one occasion there was a reception, we were at Buckingham Palace and the Queen pointed to my husband and said, ‘He’s my chimney sweep,’ she told The Argus.
“She was an incredibly knowledgeable woman who even spoke to the chimney sweep about her job and made her feel very important.”
The Giddings family believe that King Charles III will be an excellent monarch and wish him the best. Pictured: Charles III in the 1844 Room at Buckingham Palace today
She added that her husband was “honoured and delighted” that the late monarch recognized him.
Buckingham Palace has around 300 chimneys and although not all of them are in use, cleaning is required to ensure good ventilation.
The kitchen chimney at Hampton Court Palace is one of the most difficult to sweep due to its size, which means that chimney sweeps have to climb inside the shaft.
The chimney of Henry VIII’s former residence is often unusually soot-covered and is 48 feet high and over 20 in diameter.
In 2002, the company received a Royal Warrant from the Queen. Whether or not Mr Giddings and his team retain the mandate will depend on King Charles III.
Katie added that the family believe King Charles III will be an excellent monarch and wished him all the best for his reign.