Thrifty Queen Elizabeth Dips Into Fabric Stash

These tough economic times have prompted Queen Elizabeth to cut back on her couture. Buckingham Palace has disclosed that instead of buying a gown for a state banquet Wednesday in Slovenia, the queen wore an outfit made from material she already owned. A design team made the gown from a gold, silver and gray brocade given to the queen during a tour of the Middle East more than 20 years ago. A spokeswoman said the queen is known for her thrifty ways.

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Our last word in business today is recycling royalty. These tough economic times have prompted Queen Elizabeth to cut back on her couture. Buckingham Palace has disclosed that instead of buying a new gown for a state banquet in Slovenia this week, the queen wore an outfit made from material she already owned. An in-house, or should we say in-palace, design team sewed a formal evening gown made from a gold, silver and gray brocade given to the queen during a tour of the Middle East more than 20 years ago.

A royal spokeswoman said the queen is already known for her thrifty ways, adding that all members of the royal family save money where they can such as switching off lights before leaving a room, even a sumptuous room. But with her designers now recycling old materials lying around the palace, the queen may be pulling the royal belt a notch tighter. Britain's Sky News reports that later this week in her tour of Slovenia, the queen will wear the same red outfit she wore just six months ago. And that's the business news on Morning Edition from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

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