Stat of the day: £50,000

The money saved by the Queen cancelling her staff's Christmas party.

by Elizabeth Anderson
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013
As the nation prepares for savage public spending cuts,  not even the Royal household is immune: for the second year on the trot, the Queen has cancelled her staff Christmas party.  And while it could hardly described as wild, the parties did have a reputation for rather more livelier behaviour than one might expect from the Palace - there are even rumours that Prince Philip has been known to get down (though probably not dirty) on the dance floor.

The cost of the party usually comes out of HRH's own pocket - but since she’s 'acutely aware of the difficult economic circumstances' (says a Palace spokesman), apparently, it would be inappropriate for it to go ahead. Well, either that - or Betty's turning into a lightweight in her old age...

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