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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.

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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