How the Queen generously rewards her staff and family every holiday season

By Heather Cichowski

The Queen has countless important people surrounding her, including family, staff and aides. Come Christmas, she reportedly gives 620 presents to her loved ones and staff, which cost approximately $52,200. On top of that, she sends out a whopping 750 cards. What a Christmas experience that must be!

Her Majesty’s generosity was revealed by a former palace aide. Speaking with The Sun's Fabulous Digital, the source explained up to two weeks before Christmas, the Deputy Master of the Household instructs staff to go to one of the state rooms at Buckingham Palace.

“Here, they line up to receive a wrapped gift from the Queen, and she says a few words to each of them," the former staff member told the publication. “Usually something like ‘Thank you so much for all your help during the year,’ followed by ‘Happy Christmas.’”

Royal well-wishers also make sure the Queen is recognized on Christmas! Her Majesty usually receives flowers after the Christmas service at Sandringham, as she did from these sweet kids in 2013. Photo: © Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Royal staff members who are not based at Buckingham Palace or are not in on the days presents are delivered reportedly get their gifts sent to them along with a card from Her Majesty. Although, the royal website does report the Queen does personally hand out some Christmas presents at Windsor Castle, too.

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Curious about what the Queen’s Christmas gifts are? According to the former aide, they are usually a small piece of china from the palace gift shop or a book token. Furthermore, the Queen typically gives a small Christmas pudding.

The royal website reports approximately 1,500 puddings are distributed to staff throughout the palaces. Each pudding is accompanied by a greeting card from the Queen and Prince Philip.

The Queen helps a girl fasten an ornament onto a Christmas tree at children's charity Coram on Dec. 5, 2018. Photo: © TOBY MELVILLE/AFP via Getty Images

It has been previously reported that employees who have worked for Her Majesty for a considerable amount of time are handed a voucher with their Christmas pudding. Senior household staff typically receive their presents first followed by clerks, domestic workers and gardeners.

Since the Queen hosts the Royal Family at Sandringham in Norfolk each year, staff get their presents before she leaves for her Christmas break. The Royal Family exchanges gifts on Christmas Eve, and the adults often get jokey presents.

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In terms of Christmas cards, the Queen and Prince Philip send around 750 Christmas cards each holiday. They are signed “Elizabeth R” and “Philip” and feature their official cyphers, and often have a family photo.

Members of the Royal Household are given cards along with British and Commonwealth prime ministers and other officials.

In addition to those cards, Philip sends an additional 200 Christmas cards to organizations that are dear to him.

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