Royal Leftovers

Queen Elizabeth II is on a veritable frugal rampage. The Buckingham frugalista has not only stooped to wearing outfits more than once, but…

She insists that the Buckingham Palace lights are turned off when rooms are vacated and left-overs from banquets are courtesy of NASA (via Wikipedia)

Like the Queen, I, too, turn off lights in vacant rooms, save food and wear clothes more than once. We’re pretty much the same, although I never wear my formal hats twice.

But seriously, if Buckingham effing Palace can re-use leftovers from events, can’t every hotel, conference center and royal dwelling? I’m not sure how the food is “re-used,” but even if it’s fed to the Queen’s corgis, that’d be better than what happens at most catered events in the U.S. (It’s landfilled.)

Sen. Oropeza, this news provides the perfect ammunition to get your catering donation bill passed in the California legislature. I can see it now: ‘Good enough for QE2, good enough for you.’

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  1. Posted December 18, 2008 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    But does she reuse her tea bags, and then compost them?

    -Katy Wolk-Stanley
    The Non-Consumer Advocate

  2. GLM
    Posted December 19, 2008 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    But hasn’t she always done that? After all, she worked during WWII, and Britain was in rations long after the US went off – she’s never been a slacker.

    It worries me when people take common sense and turn it into a fad – that’s a clear sign that they’ll get bored and move on. The British Queen and her son Prince Charles are, to me, examples of people willing to do the right thing, even if they are laughed at. That’s not a fad – that’s morality in action.

  3. blackberry
    Posted December 23, 2008 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    Morality? They are the wealthiest family in Britain, with a private rail line and numerous homes, all staffed full time. An immense jewelry, property and furniture collection. Untaxed status! Ongoing support from many struggling households. No qualms about being mere figureheads. Working during the war? Why did she stop.
    Prince Charles has at least become aware of the need to produce sustainable energy and a decent food supply chain. But you are seriously mistaken to attribute any kind of decency to his mother.
    If wearing an outfit a second time qualifies someone for fugality,you and she live in an alternate reality.
    And if consuming all the food produced in a household is sainthood, you are truly living on a different planet.
    They are no better than any Bangledesh or Nigerian family, just better off and willing to let others starve to continue their generational hedonistic lifestyle.
    So much good could be done by the royal family of Britain if only they developed a conscience instead of continuing the colonialism that put them at the top of the social slag heap. No, they didn’t invent it. But they sure are perpetuating it.

  4. Posted December 23, 2008 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    I agree; I was being sarcastic.

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