Inside ‘careful’ Queen’s jubilee party – strict budget, recycled items and no food waste

Platinum Jubilee parties only come round once in a lifetime, so you’d expect the Queen to pull out all of the stops.

But, much to our surprise, our monarch is pretty frugal when it comes to hosting a private knees-up.

Royal warrant holder and party architect to the stars Johnny Roxburgh has designed annual Christmas parties and birthday bashes for the monarchy. So he knows a thing or two about Her Majesty’s spending habits.

Johnny exclusively tells OK!: “People think the royals are extravagant, but they’re generous and not at all wasteful. They don’t need lavish decor at their parties when the palace is their backdrop.”

We all know Prince Charles is an advocate for sustainability, but it looks like the rest of the family is getting on board, too.

“The Royal Family is careful about how they spend their money. They recycle and reuse, too,” reveals Johnny. “They require just the right amount of food for their parties so that little goes to waste.”

Johnny’s planned many parties at the palace, including those to reward the Queen’s staff for their hard work. Her Majesty puts on quite a bash for her staff, and Johnny recalls watching one unfold.

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“I used to plan the parties for over 1,000 employees. Everyone got dressed up for a glamorous dinner. Then, they’d line up in the White Drawing Room to watch the royals appear from their private apartments – they were dripping in diamonds.

“One year, I stood at the end of the line to meet the Queen. I asked my assistant: ‘How are your hands doing?’ I’m not a nervous man, but mine were so sweaty!”

Over the years, Johnny’s become a dab hand at meeting Her Majesty. Ahead of his first interaction, he was taught to bow properly.

“I learnt to bow without looking like a comedy waiter,” he quips. “Apparently lots of men curtsey. All you have to remember is to nod, be charming and not clam up.”

Thousands of lucky people will catch a glimpse of the Queen this weekend as our monarch, and the rest of the Royal Family, take part in traditional jubilee celebrations.

You can catch Trooping the Colour on telly, along with the St Pauls thanksgiving service and the much-anticipated Platinum Party at the Palace.

Taking place on Saturday night, the musical evening will include legendary acts like Andrea Bocelli and Diana Ross, plus stars including David Attenborough, Dame Julie Andrew and Stephen Fry.

  • Royal party architect Johnny Roxburgh has teamed up with Aldi to help shoppers throw a jubilee party fit for royalty. Visit

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