The Queen forced to stop giving staff £6 Tesco Christmas gift

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The Queen forced to stop giving staff £6 Tesco Christmas gift

Britain’s monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, has been forced to stop personally giving her staff a Christmas gift bought from Tesco’s.

The Queen will be spending Christmas at Windsor in Berkshire for the festive period, rather than Sandringham in Norfolk, where the royal family normally visits.

It will be the first time in more than 30 years that the Queen and Prince Phillip have remained at Windsor during Christmas.

Because of this change in tradition, The Queen will be forced to stop the annual giving of gifts to her staff.

The Queen usually gives her staff a special yuletide gift, a tradition which both her father King George V and grandfather King George IV followed, reports Birmingham Mail.

The Queen buys her staff Christmas puddings and also gives them a greeting card from herself and the Duke of Edinburgh.

But this year it will be different.

Her Majesty reportedly used to buy the 1,500 Christmas puddings from Harrods and Fortnum and Mason – the royal grocer for more than 150 years.

But now, the puddings are brought from Tesco.

The Queen and Prince Philip typically present each of their employees with the supermarket’s Finest Matured Christmas Pudding.


But The Queen has been forced to scrap this year’s traditional ceremony. However it’s believed the staff will still be given their presents, just not from the Queen herself.

A source told The Daily Mail newspaper: “It’s a great shame but inevitable and the right thing to do.

“The staff will still receive a gift from the Queen as usual but there will be no special moment with Her Majesty. It’s as much a disappointment for her as it will be for them, as it’s a hugely special time of the year.”

“About 1500 Christmas puddings paid for by The Queen (through the Privy Purse) are distributed to staff throughout the Palaces, staff in the Court Post Office and Palace police,” the website states.

“Each pudding is accompanied by a greeting card from The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh.”

It adds that Her Majesty personally hands out presents to some members of the royal household at Buckingham Palace and at Windsor Castle.

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