Washer of the Sovereign’s Hands dies
RIP John Peter Houison Craufurd of Craufurdland. The Washer of the Sovereign’s Hands was 82. As the 28th laird of Craufurdland Castle, in Ayrshire, for it was he, said:
“We used to have to write to Buckingham Palace to offer to wash the monarch’s hands every time they were in residence at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. In his day, my father had to make that offer virtually every year, although it was very seldom accepted.
“More recently, we have been told by the Queen’s office that, as we have already washed her hands once, that is all she requires us to do. So now we have to wait until Prince Charles takes the throne before we do it again.”
Houison Craufurd got to wash hands becsue his ancestors vanquished men who had been abusing King James V. The King gave the family a farm they could keep so long as they had water and towels to wash his hands with.
Alex Houison Craufurd will now get the job of washing Prince Charles’s hands, should he ever become king. Fans of the late Princess Diana advise Mr Craufurd to use a brillo pad, lest the spots be hard to shift…