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Queen cancels staff Christmas party

Staff party cancelled because of “current economic climate”

Image: Mark Cuthbert/UK Press/Press Association Images

QUEEN ELIZABETH II has cancelled the annual Christmas party for her staff because of the tough “economic climate”.

The 13 December event was due to draw staff from three royal residences and employees from the queen’s private estates.

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson commented:

“Given the economic climate, it was thought appropriate to show restraint.”

The Sun puts the estimated cost of the party at £50,000, and one worker told the newspaper:

“It’s the first time in memory the party’s been cancelled. We’re all devastated as it’s a great night when everyone lets their hair down. The Royals mix freely with servants – it’s normal to see the Queen dancing with a footman or Prince Philip waltzing with a maid. The champagne flows like water and you feel your hard work has been appreciated. This won’t go down well.”

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