- The Queen of England reportedly buys all her staff and family members a gift for Christmas
- The 93-year-old monarch allegedly spends $58 000, which is about R836 000, on her festive season shopping
- This is according to a former aide to the British royal family
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Christmas is a special, jolly time of the year that is celebrated in most countries, and the royal family is just like any other when it comes to the festive season - well, aside from the amount spent on gifts.
A former aide to the royal family has opened up about this time of the year in the royal residences. According to the source, the Queen splashes about $58 000 - which is more than R836 000 - on gifts for her staff and family.
Briefly.co.za learned the monarch allegedly buys 620 gifts - one for each of her workers and loved ones.
This means the Queen spends about $93.54 (about R1 340) per gift.
News.com.au reported the aide also gave details about the sequence of events leading up to Christmas.
The source revealed that two weeks before Christmas, the Deputy Master of the Household would give instructions to the workers to go to a room in Buckingham Palace.
There the Queen hands out a wrapped gift to each staff member - who had lined up in the royal residence.
Queen Elizabeth II also says a few words to each employee, according to the former aide.
“It’s usually something like, ‘Thank you so much for all your help during the year.’ This is followed by, ‘Happy Christmas’.”
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