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Queen Elizabeth II Cancels Staff Christmas Party, Citing Economy

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LONDON — Buckingham Palace says Queen Elizabeth II has canceled a Christmas party for her staff this year because of the tough economic climate.

The Sun newspaper reported Thursday that the party for some 1,200 guests had been scheduled for Dec. 13.

A palace spokesman said: "Given the economic climate, it was thought appropriate to show restraint."

The Sun said the party is held every other year, and draws staff from three royal residences and employees of the queen's private estates.

The palace spokesman said The Sun's report was "broadly accurate" but declined to confirm details.

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