She might be worth an estimated $770 million, but Queen Elizabeth is set to gift all of her staff at Buckingham Palace a rather thrifty Christmas present this year.
The 93-year-old’s 1,500 or so staffers will each receive a Finest Matured Christmas Pudding, which costs just £6 (about $11.35) from supermarket chain Tesco according to the Daily Mirror and Daily Express.
The British monarch is believed to have continued the tradition first started by her grandfather George V, but instead of picking up the pud from upmarket stores like Harrods, this year the Queen is said to be opting for something more affordable.
Her Maj is, however, expected to give those staffers who have worked at the Palace for a long time vouchers up to the price of £35 (about $66).
Well, if a supermarket-bought Christmas pud is good enough for the Queen to gift her workers then it’s good enough for us! We’ve found a festive treat from Woolies that we think would get Liz’s seal of approval.
Christmas with the Queen
It comes as little surprise that the Queen runs a tight ship at Christmas, as revealed in the new documentary Inside Sandringham: Holidaying With The Queen.
And as the head of the royal family, Her Majesty has the final say on annual traditions such as approving the decorations at all official royal residences however word is she allows Prince Philip, 98, to put the gold star on the top of the tree at the Palace.
Both she and her husband also personally sign every Christmas card sent out ahead of the big day which would be a lot of envelopes to lick.
The royal family’s festivities, which each year take place at the Queen’s private estate Sandringham House in Norfolk, are always a private affair with celebrations kicking off on Christmas Eve.
On December 24, the royal brood exchange gifts and attend a church service at nearby St Mary Magdalene Church.
Then at 7:30 pm, they are said to assemble for a drinks reception before sitting down to a six-course candlelit dinner where the Queen toasts the royal chef with her beverage of choice, a ‘strong’ martini.
The big day itself runs to strict order, beginning with a Christmas Day breakfast buffet, which the family eat in their church clothes and serve themselves, aside from the Queen of course who is served by staff.
The public gets a glimpse of the royals in their glad rags on the way to and from the church before they tuck into a traditional Christmas lunch at Sandringham.
They make sure to tune into the Queen’s Speech - which is pre-recorded in October - together at 3 pm when they take a break from playing charades and other party games.
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Additional reporting by BANG Showbiz.
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