Buckingham Palace has published the menu for the royal Christmas luncheon at Balmoral in an effort to show empathy with people struggling to make ends meet during the credit crisis.
In a statement from the palace the queen's spokesman Sir Horace Fortiscue Bodice-Crabb said "the royal household is sharing the pain of the public and is scaling back the traditional Christmas luncheon quite considerably, moreover her majesty has ordered the traditional boxing day shoot to be limited to 40 guests and only 500 birds (instead of the usual 520).
This show of solidarity is typical of the sovreign who always seeks to understand and reflect the needs of her subjects"
Here is the reduced Christmas menu in full:
Balmoral estate smoked salmon parcels with dill cream
Lobster bites in filo pastry
Krug Millesime Champagne 1966
Chateau Nuits san Wogga Wogga Shablys(australia)
Risotto of white truffles with sevruga caviar
Chablis Premier Cru Le tiolette de Roi
Norfolk Bronze turkey with Foie Gras stuffingStuffed dressed Gressingham duck with parsnip confit and port wine sauce
Roast Sandringham Goose
Chateau Talbot Grand Cru Medoc 1951
Chateau Latour Martillac Grand Crus 1806
Duchy Originals mince pies
Chateu d'yquem Sauternes
Taylors late crusted vintage Port Quinto de Vajo 1945
Coffee Armagnac & Petits Fours
Alker Seltzer & Benylin surprise