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Queen Elizabeth cancels palace Christmas Party

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has canceled this year’s palace Christmas party because of the current economic climate, a spokesman said Thursday.

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The spokesman did not say how much the party usually costs, but The Sun newspaper said the party, scheduled for December 13, was going to cost 50,000 pounds ($80,100).

“The Royals mix freely with servants — it’s normal to see the queen dancing with a footman or Prince Philip waltzing with a maid,” the paper cited an unnamed palace worker as saying. “The champagne flows like water and you feel your hard work has been appreciated. This won’t go down well.”

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