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Queen may bring back royal tradition with unusual Tesco Christmas gift for palace aides | Royal | News

Due to the pandemic in 2020, the royal family was not able to hold its traditional Christmas celebration at the Queen’s Sandringham Estate in Norfolk. The monarch was also unable to meet her staff for the yearly Christmas gift ceremony she has been doing for decades.

As per tradition, the Queen thanks each member of her staff for their work and gifts them a Christmas pudding.

“About 1,500 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,” confirms the Royal Family website.

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

Back in the days, the royal family would place an order at Harrods or royal grocer Fortnum & Mason for the 1,500 puddings.

The desserts are now bought from Tesco, according to Hello Magazine.

On sale for £6, Tesco’s Finest Matured Christmas Pudding seems to be the one that the Firm buys for the staff.

In an interview with Fabulous Digital, an aide revealed that members of staff receive other gifts.

“The presents are usually a book token, or a small piece of China from the palace gift shop,” they said.

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The aide claims the employees’ gifts cost the Palace around £30,000 a year given the number of staff the Queen manages.

Before the pandemic, the staff would be invited to a room in Buckingham Palace where the monarch would present them with their gifts, thanking them for their help.

“Here they line up to receive a wrapped gift from the Queen, and she says a few words to each of them – usually something like ‘Thank you so much for all your help during the year, followed by Happy Christmas,’” the aide added.

“An equerry will be standing beside her with a list, from which he will quietly whisper the name of each recipient as they step forward, just as they would at a palace investiture ceremony.”

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In 2020, a source told the Daily Mail the meeting between the monarch and her employees was cancelled.

“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.”

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