Queen to honour royal tradition of buying every staff member a Christmas Pudding

The Queen is set to keep with the tradition of buying a Christmas gift for all of her staff members across all of her residences.

Over the years, Her Majesty, 95, has opted to rely on a trusted gift and given everyone a Christmas pudding, BirminghamLive reports.

A statement on the Royal Family website notes: “About 1,500 Christmas puddings paid for by the Queen (through the Privy Purse) are distributed to staff throughout the Palaces, staff in the Court Post Office and Palace police.

“Each pudding is accompanied by a greeting card from the Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh.”

Traditionally, the Queen would place an order at Harrods or royal grocer Fortnum & Mason for the 1,500 puddings.

But now Hello! mag reports that the Monarch opts for £6 Tesco ones instead.

It will be a tough Christmas for Her Majesty having lost her husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, earlier this year, when he died aged 99.

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Previously, The Queen reacted with sheer joy and hilarity after Meghan Markle gave her a singing hamster toy for Christmas.

She was so happy with the present that she burst out laughing, before remarking: “It can keep my dogs company.”

And because they’re Royals, they don’t need anything luxury as they already have everything – so they buy jokey gifts instead.

A royal source said: “Meghan bought a little hamster that sings with a little rope for Her Majesty.

“It was so funny, especially when the corgis tried to take hold of the toy.”

The Daily Star has approached Buckingham Palace for comment.

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