Queen Elizabeth may or may not spend her holiday quietly judging those near her, but according to former royal butler Paul Burrell, 60, she will reportedly spend the holiday having quite the good time.
Paul recently sat down with Cheshire Life magazine in order to reveal some things the Queen may be doing this holiday season, beginning with the fact that she will “join the fun” and wear a paper crown while she eats her Christmas dinner. See? We shouldn’t feel so bad when we don a crown at Burger King while we eat. And according to Paul, not only will the Queen not watch her own annual Christmas speech on TV, but she will instead be outside walking with her corgis. Paul says she will even help herself to her favorite drink of gin and Dubonnet. “The Queen loves a dry Martini but her preferred tipple is gin and Dubonnet,” Paul reveals. This Paul sure has a lot of info!
“The Queen loves to decorate the tree,” Paul tells the outlet. “The bottom half of the Christmas tree is left bare so that the Queen can decorate it with her grandchildren.” Paul also had this to say about dinner with the Queen: “Menus are printed for each meal, which appear in French on the table, and the Queen decides where everyone sits by using a leather board with a window for each place setting into which she slides a card with the guest’s name,” Paul reveals, adding, “Generally the most senior male guest will sit on the Queen’s right hand side, the most senior female on Prince Philip’s right and each place setting has a name card so nobody can be confused.”
Paul continues, “The chef puts on his whites and comes into the dining room to carve and there is Christmas pudding afterwards. Then while the rest of the family settle down to watch the Queen’s speech Her Majesty discreetly disappears and takes her dogs for a walk.” Paul adds, “The Queen will wear a paper crown. Yes, absolutely! She’ll join the fun…It’s Downton Abbey, only for real.”
Dinner with the Queen sure sounds like quite the event, at least when compared with how the rest of us do dinner with the family during the holidays: eating a ton, arguing a ton, and talking about each other outside during a smoke break. Ah, that should get everyone in the holiday spirit.
As for Paul, he was a footman (which hopefully isn’t a literal term) to the Queen before becoming Princess Diana‘s butler. He also earned himself a Royal Victorian Medal in 1997 for services to the family.
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