(Evening Standard) At the end of the year, it’s common for employers to give their employees a Christmas gift – and the Queen is no exception.
Each year the UK’s longest-reigning monarch gives all 1,500 members of her staff the same thing – a Christmas pudding.
According to the official Royal Family website, the tradition of giving staff a Christmas pudding began with the Queen’s grandfather, King George V and was continued by her father, King George VI.
Now, the Queen carries on the century-old tradition.
The 1,500 Christmas puddings are paid for personally by the Queen and distributed to the staff throughout the palaces. All puddings are accompanied by a greeting card from the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.
The puddings are bought (because hand-making 1,500 puddings is a ludicrous idea) and Hello! suggests the staff are given a Tesco’s Finest Matured Christmas Pudding.
This is just one of the many Christmas traditions the Royal Family uphold.
Others include spending the Christmas break at their Norfolk estate of Sandringham – where Prince Harry and his new fiancée Meghan Markle are expected to join this year.
They also have a blanket rule of no expensive gifts (they reportedly compete to see who can give each other the most ridiculous gift) and presents are opened on Christmas Eve.
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