A former butler to the Queen has revealed the unique and efficient technique that Her Majesty uses to do her shopping over the Christmas period.
My London reports how Paul Burrell, ex-butler to the Queen and Princess Diana, discussed the unique shopping approach that allows the 95-year-old monarch to keep safe amidst the pandemic.
He said: "Firstly, she has catalogues sent to her, and then the Oxford Street branch of John Lewis sends her a selection of almost everything they stock.
“There is a little ‘shop’ set up in the drawing room at Windsor Castle and the Queen can pop in and choose gifts at her leisure.
"Late at night, after dinner, usually around 10pm, she’ll pop into her little Christmas shop and do some shopping."
Burrell continued: “The Queen always chooses practical gifts that can be used – never ornaments or decorative things.
"So she might pick some picnic plates, a tablecloth, or a couple of hand towels.
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"Then they are wrapped up and a truckload of presents are ready to go to Sandringham.”
Despite this intriguing present-buying technique, the Queen's family members may have to wait a bit longer than they hoped to receive their royal gift.
This is following a recent revelation that the Queen's annual pre-Christmas party for her wider family, which was due to take place on Tuesday, has been cancelled.
The monarch was weighing up whether to hold her traditional family get together next week but she has decided to shelve plans with coronavirus cases worse than ever.
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