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British queen cancels Christmas; cost-cutting drive

JAMES CLENCH The Sun 10/14/2010 06:04
Christmas past ... but Queen has axed festive bash to save cash

Christmas past ... but Queen has axed festive bash to save cash


FAITHFUL royal staff were devastated last night after the Queen axed the Buckingham Palace Christmas party in a cost-cutting drive.



Hundreds were looking forward to the lavish bash as it is the one time they can mingle with senior Royals.

But Her Majesty was determined to show solidarity with a nation struggling with hardship and called it off after consulting senior courtiers. One worker said: "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."

Some 1,200 guests were due at the £50,000 party, scheduled for December 13.


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