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Palace staff to miss Xmas

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The Christmas planned for Buckingham Palace has been cancelled. 

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LONDON: Queen Elizabeth II has cancelled a planned Christmas party at Buckingham Palace after deciding it would be inappropriate to celebrate as ordinary Britons feel the pinch from tough economic times.

The royal household thought the event, paid for by the queen and staged every two years, would be unseemly. ‘‘The queen is acutely aware of the difficult economic circumstances facing the country,’’ a palace spokesman said.

One royal employee was quoted as saying: ‘‘We’re all devastated as it’s a great night when everyone lets their hair down. It’s normal to see Queen Elizabeth dancing with a footman or Prince Philip waltzing around with a maid.’’ REUTERS

inappropriate – unsuitable ซึ่งไม่เหมาะสม
feel the pinch – to have less money than you need มีปัญหาเรื่องการเงิน
tough – difficult ยากลำบาก
royal household – approximately 1200 people who provide support and advice to the
British monarch
stage – to organise an event or activity จัด
unseemly – embarrassing or upsetting people because it is not suitable in a particular situation
acutely – strongly; highly
aware – knowing that something exists, or having knowledge or experience of a particular thing ทราบ
devastated – upset and shocked emotionally  ตกตะลึง, สะเทือนใจ
let your hair down – to relax and have fun
footman – a male servant, who wears a uniform and opens doors for people คนรับใช้ชาย

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