Surprising Christmas gift the Queen gives to all Buckingham Palace staff

The Queen is reportedly giving all 1,500 members of her staff the same festive gift – a Christmas pudding.

The Queen's grandfather George V is said to have started the bizarre tradition before the war.

In the past Palace staff have received luxurious puddings from brands including Harrods or Fortnum & Mason.

But according to Hello magazine the Queen has saved money this year by downgrading to Tesco.


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Staff are expected to each receive a Tesco's Finest Matured Christmas Pudding, which has an RRP of £6.

They will also be given a card from the Queen and Prince Philip themselves.

Long-standing workers are also being handed shopping vouchers, which range in value up to £35.

All of the gifts are paid for personally by the Queen.

The news comes as Kate Middleton and Prince William were pictured arriving at Buckingham Palace ahead of the Queen's annual Christmas lunch.

The traditional feast is held annually to give the monarch an opportunity to spend time with her family before the holidays begin, particularly those who do not join her in Norfolk on December 25.

Young Prince George, 6, was photographed arriving in the front passenger seat alongside his father, Prince William the Duke of Cambridge.

Duchess of Cambridge, Kate, was seen arriving in her own vehicle a short while after – with a cheeky Princess Charlotte grinning over her shoulder.

Prince Louis appeared to look a little overwhelmed as he stared out of the window at crowds.

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