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Queen Elizabeth cancels Christmas party in tough times | Reuters

(Reuters Life!) - Queen Elizabeth has canceled a planned Christmas party at Buckingham Palace after deciding it would be inappropriate to celebrate as ordinary Britons feel the pinch from tough economic times.

The royal household thought the event, paid for by the Queen herself and usually staged every two years, would be unseemly as Britons cope with deep public spending cuts to bring down a record peacetime budget deficit.

"The queen is acutely aware of the difficult economic circumstances facing the country," a palace spokeswoman said on Thursday.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Oct 14th, 2010 at 11:55:44 AM EST
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