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Queen to be forced to get her own tea

Get your own tea, Your Majesty
Royal flunkeys could soon be telling the Queen to get her own tea – to avoid breaching EU employment laws….. One servant told the Sun : “We might have to tell the Queen we couldn’t serve her because we had already done the maximum hours”
(The Sun, 5 February 1999, page 15)

The Working Time Directive does not prevent people from choosing to work for more than 48 hours. Palace servants can work for as many hours a week as they wish – the Queen’s cuppas are not in peril!
As for the “Exclusive” label and the reference to “new guidelines from Brussels” in this report, the Working Time Directive was actually agreed by the UK government in 1993!