Here’s what your 5 favourite celeb couple’s fantasy babies will look like! You have to see this!

Orlando Bloom swings a punch at Justin Bieber at a restaurant in Ibiza and the crowd goes wild!

No more booze for royal staffers

2011-11-01 07:12
 
London - Britain's Queen Elizabeth has reportedly closed down the in-house pub at Buckingham Palace.

The monarch is said to have become so concerned by the amount of alcohol staff at the palace were consuming, the pub has been converted as part of plans to re-organise the staff's serving quarters - and the employees' restaurant will now only serve a glass of wine on the queen's birthday and that of her husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.

Many footmen and under-butlers in royal service are bachelors, who live in staff quarters, and work in an environment where they have seen drinks flow fairly freely, especially as there is much more entertaining happening at the Palace now, due to receptions and charity events, which have seen a 50% rise in hospitality in five years.

Counselling

The queen is said to be privy to all the gossip of the palace through her senior dresser and confidante, Angela Kelly, who has forged a close relationship with her in her years of service, which has seen her rise through the ranks from a housemaid upward.

Robert Hardman, author of Our Queen, explained in his book: "Some employees brought from London to look after the Royal Family are unashamedly urban creatures who preferred to spend their off-duty moments in the bar rather than look at the Highlands scenery. They are now encouraged to try things like kayaking or riding the estate ponies."

All staff at Buckingham Palace are offered counselling if they have drink problems.

A Palace aide told the Daily Express newspaper: "It's part of an employee assistance programme. The counsellors are there to help nip any drink, or drug, problems in the bud."

Read more on:    queen elizabeth  |  royals
NEXT ON CHANNEL24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Recent News

An Ohio amusement park ride that swings riders as high as 38m has been closed indefinitely after a cable snapped, injuring two visitors. Read More »

A former British tabloid reporter has been given a 10-month suspended prison sentence for his role in the phone hacking scandal that shook Rupert Murdoch's media empire. Read More »

inside channel 24

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.