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The Prince Clocks In

February 16, 1988|JOHN VOLAND | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

Prince Edward of Great Britain arrived 10 minutes early Monday morning for his new job as a theater production assistant at composer Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Theater Company. The 23-year-old prince, casually dressed in a blue sweater and collarless tweed jacket, arrived with his personal bodyguard in a limousine at the Palace Theater in the heart of London's West End. Queen Elizabeth II's youngest son abandoned a career in the Royal Marines last year. Royals-watchers in London say it's the first time a close male relative of the British monarch has landed employment outside the military. "The prince won't be treated as a member of the royal family but as an employee," Bridget Hayward, the company's executive director, said. His pay--if any--hasn't been disclosed. (The prince makes $30,000 a year as a scion of the House of Windsor.) But the prince will have the constant companionship of a bodyguard. Asked if he was looking forward to his first day on the job, Edward said only: "Of course I am."

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