Even though she has a personal fortune of $475 million, Queen Elizabeth II has decreed a more austere lifestyle for the royal family. Hoping to stay in touch with her subjects dealing with tough economic times, the Queen of England has implemented the following restrictions, according to AFP:
- Energy: All lights at Buckingham Palace must be turned off when rooms are empty.
- Food: Left-over food from royal banquets must be reused.
- Partying: The Queen has warned her grandsons Prince William and Harry against displays of extravagance, such as partying at London nightclubs while ordinary citizens struggle to get by.
- Clothes: For a recent state banquet she asked her dressmakers to make her gown out of material she received more than 20 years ago. And during official appearances she's been seen sporting outfits already worn before, even though etiquette demands she never wears the same outfit twice.
Etiquette sure sounds expensive!