The Queen reportedly spends $60,000 on Christmas gifts for staff and family each year

royals 12/11/2020

It has been reported by British press that Her Majesty The Queen shells out around £30,000 on some 620 Christmas gifts for her family, close friends and staff.

That's a lot of gifts!

But, as you could imagine Her Majesty doesn't pop out to do all the Christmas shopping herself. Instead a royal aide helps her organise them all and told the Sun:  "The presents are usually a book token, or a small piece of china from the palace gift shop, and most years she gives them a small Christmas pudding in a box as well."

The royal aide also revealed that receiving the gifts is a very formal affair with staff directed by the Deputy Master of the Household to gather in one of Buckingham Palace's grand state rooms.

"Here they line up to receive a wrapped gift from the Queen, and she says a few words to each of them - usually something like, 'Thank you so much for all your help during the year,' followed by 'Happy Christmas,'" the aide said.

"If the staff are not able to be there on the specified days - they may be a ghillie working at Balmoral for example - the Household makes sure they are sent to them, along with a card from HM," the insider shared.