Queen to have cracker of a Christ­mas in pa­per crown

Daily Express - - For Brexit - By Jerry Law­ton

which she slides guest’s name.

“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. The chef 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.

“The Queen will wear a pa­per crown. Yes, ab­so­lutely!

“She’ll join the fun. It’s Down­ton Abbey, only for real.’’

Bur­rell, who was awarded the Royal Vic­to­rian Medal in 1997 for ser­vices to the fam­ily, said the Queen would dress up for Christ­mas din­ner just as she did for state oc­ca­sions – and as she did, even when din­ing alone.

“Of­ten I have seen her in her gown with her di­a­monds shim­mer­ing in the can­dle­light. It’s tra­di­tion,’’ he added.

The Queen’s Christ­mas Mes­sage is one of the most watched shows of Christ­mas Day, with 7.6 mil­lion Bri­tons tun­ing in last year.

The pre-recorded mes­sage will be broad­cast to all 53 mem­ber states of the Com­mon­wealth this Christ­mas.

ac­ard with the

Pic­tures: JOHN STILLWELL / PA, KEVIN MAZUR / GETTY

Queen’s Christ­mas favourites... a pa­per hat and a glass of gin and Dubon­net

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