In many ways, it’s safe to say that Queen Elizabeth is not like us common folks. Not only does she own a lot of swans and dolphins (seriously!), but nearly 50 places around the world are named after her, too. But Her Majesty does have one quality that we can all relate to: She enjoys Christmas just as much as we do.
The Queen’s holiday season isn’t exclusively reserved for her family, though. In addition to her annual Christmas speech that’s broadcast throughout the world, she also makes time to celebrate with her royal staff members.
Each December, Queen Elizabeth gives each member of her 550-person staff a gift or book voucher, each loaded with a dollar amount that varies depending on how long they have worked in her service. She also gives them around 1,500 Christmas puddings to share between them, Express reports. (For all the math pros out there, that’s nearly three puddings per person!)
Like many other procedures in the British monarchy, however, there is a strict protocol regarding how the employees receive their gifts. A senior officer calls out each person’s name according to their rank, starting with the most senior household staff. Then, the Queen personally hands each staff member his or her gift.
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