Sometimes building and maintaining relationships just comes down to being classy. Royally classy.
TODAY/MSNBC reports that Queen Elizabeth has canceled a December 13 Christmas party for her staffers. Now before you roll your eyes and mutter, “Big deal,” you need to realize that we’re not talking your typical company party with bottled beer, soft drinks in paper cups, chips, salsa and the awkward White Elephant gift exchange.
Unless your office shells out $79,000 for your annual office soiree.
You read that right. The Queen’s Christmas party cost 50,000 pounds (about $79,000 US dollars). From her own pocket, too.
So what gives? Britain has a record peacetime budget deficit, complete with public spending cuts. The Queen didn’t think it would be appropriate to host a glamorous gala while her fellow citizens are struggling.
Without a doubt, she could probably imagine the coverage as it would have played out on TV: waltzes, fancy dresses, the best of the best food and drinks, out-of-this-world decorations. All this, while the people watching the news would be working harder than usual to treat their families to a fun holiday celebration.
Unfortunately, this must be disappointing for the hundreds of staff members and their guests who were to be invited. Usually held every two years, this is apparently the first time in at least one staffer’s memory that the event has been canceled.
Here is where the Queen’s decision would earn her an A+ while she currently has an A. I hope against hope that she does honor her staff in some shape or form. These are the people who help the Queen and her family live in luxury. They deserve something, especially since their party was canceled.
In this particular instance, the Queen has already sent the right message to her country: I won’t pour money into an unnecessary expense - especially during these tough times. Now she needs to send the right message to her staff: I value you. I’m sorry for canceling the party. Please accept an alternative.
If she does this, she gets the crown jewels of class.