KATE Middleton is going to get the chance to party with the help after Queen Elizabeth reinstated a Christmas party for her staff after it was axed in 2010.
The 86-year-old will treat 2,000 guests to champagne and canapés at an event on December 17 in one of the Buckingham Palace state apartments, which will see Middleton and husband Prince William make her debut appearance at the festive bash.
“Everyone is delighted it is back. It is a rare opportunity for everyone to let their hair down and have a great night,” a source said.
“All the royals are there, they dance with the servants and it will be extra special because of the queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the fantastic year she has had. Everyone will want to dance with her and congratulate her and all the younger male staff will want to dance with Kate.”
The traditional party was axed in 2010 to show solidarity to the nation during very tough economic times, but the queen is expected to splash out $200,000 on this year’s event, which will see staff from the Palace, Windsor Castle, Clarence House and workers from her estates all attending.
“She would not have reinstated the party unless she was confident it was in keeping with the spirit of the nation. It is only natural she’d want to thank staff for their hard work,” said the source.
Meanwhile, Kate has told William that he needs to stop putting his RAF career before her and asked him to finally make a commitment to leave Wales and start a family with her in London.
“Kate’s been keen for Wills to focus more on his Royal duties and quit the RAF for some time, but he’s always dug his heels in,” a source told Britain’s Now magazine.
“The problem for William is that the RAF give him a sense of normality and independence — he’s worried that the dynamic of their relationship will change for the worse if he doesn’t have his career.
“Kate says he needs to face up to his responsibilities – he isn’t a singleton in his twenties any more.”
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