“Queen Elizabeth has canceled a planned Christmas party at Buckingham Palace after deciding it would be inappropriate to celebrate as ordinary Britons feel the pinch from tough economic times.”
– Queen Tried to Use State Poverty Fund to Heat Buckingham Palace (The Independent):
The Queen asked ministers for a poverty handout to help heat her palaces but was rebuffed because they feared it would be a public relations disaster, documents disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act reveal.
Yes, these are though times, but not for the Royals!
The British Royals since 1714 are coming from the House of Hannover and the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. The Royals are ‘really’ Germans.
The royal family’s official name, or lack thereof, became a problem during World War I, when people began to mutter that Saxe-Coburg-Gotha sounded far too German. King George V and his family needed a new English-sounding name. After considering everything from Plantagenet to Tudor-Stuart to simply England, the king and his advisors chose the name Windsor.
Queen Elizabeth cancels Christmas party in tough times
LONDON (Reuters Life!) – Queen Elizabeth has canceled a planned Christmas party at Buckingham Palace after deciding it would be inappropriate to celebrate as ordinary Britons feel the pinch from tough economic times.
The royal household thought the event, paid for by the Queen herself and usually staged every two years, would be unseemly as Britons cope with deep public spending cuts to bring down a record peacetime budget deficit.
“The queen is acutely aware of the difficult economic circumstances facing the country,” a palace spokeswoman said on Thursday.
The Sun newspaper said the Christmas shindig, planned for December 13, cost 50,000 pounds ($79,000) and was to have been enjoyed by 1,200 guests.
“It’s the first time in memory the party’s been canceled,” one unnamed worker told the Sun. “We’re all devastated as it’s a great night when everyone lets their hair down.
“It’s normal to see the Queen dancing with a footman or Prince Philip waltzing with a maid.”
(Reporting by Michael Holden; Editing by Steve Addison)