Not even Queen Elizabeth II can escape the recession!
Keeping "in touch" with her people, the Queen has scaled back on expenses and extravagances, and she has encouraged the royal family to do likewise, especially grandsons Prince William and Prince Harry.
Part of her penny-saving methods include turning off the lights in vacant rooms of Buckingham Palace and re-using leftovers from banquets. During October's state visit to Slovakia and Slovenia, the queen had dressmakers use fabric she received 20 years ago, instead of buying new material. She has also re-used dresses for public appearances - a practice formerly unheard of. (via Perez Hilton)