Buckingham Palace has confirmed it may withdraw that the Royal Warrant awarded to high street retailer Argos as a result of the third failure of Her Majesty’s musical revolving fibre-optic Christmas tree.
The £19.99 tree has been a fixture in the Royal apartments at Buckingham Palace for many years, and has been admired by visiting statesmen and politicians because of its amusing and constantly changing lighting display, coupled with the hourly rendition of ‘Yankee Doodle Dandy’.
However the tree installed this year has proved problematic, having failed on three occasions since it was switched-on. ‘Her Majesty is pretty annoyed at having to go back to Argos herself to exchange it under guarantee, and if it fails again she will remove the Royal Warrant issued to the company as a ‘Purveyor of Costume Jewellery and General Tat’ confirmed the Hon Rupert Soames, one of Her Majesty’s attendants.
Buckingham Palace also confirmed that the problem with the tree has been compounded by the failure of the flashing multi-coloured rope lights installed on the outside of the palace walls, which were also acquired from Argos.
‘It makes us look a laughing stock’ commented Hon Rupert Soames. ‘First the tree, now the lights. What’s next – the gyrating multi-coloured reindeer in the private garden at Sandringham?’