Ever wondered what the Queen and her relatives eat on Christmas Day? You’re not alone.
With the endless Christmas traditions and household rules to obey throughout the festive season, it’s only natural to speculate on whether the royals have their own special Christmas cuisine or if their menu sees them getting stuck into a huge plate of turkey and roast potatoes like the rest of us. Luckily, former royal chef Darren McGrady has revealed all.
As we already know, each year the royal family spend Christmas together at Sandringham House in Norfolk. We also know that they open all Christmas presents on Christmas Eve as opposed to Christmas morning due to their German heritage. But now, McGrady, who worked for Queen Elizabeth II, Diana Princess of Wales and Princes William and Harry, has explained exactly what the royals do (and eat) on Christmas Day.
‘Christmas morning, the family eats a hardy breakfast before heading off to church,’ he said. ‘After church, that’s when they have a big lunch that includes a salad with shrimp or lobster, and a roasted turkey, and all of your traditional side dishes like parsnips, carrots, Brussels sprouts and Christmas pudding with brandy butter for dessert.’
He continued: ‘They stick with the same meal year after year. Once they’ve eaten, everyone sits down and watches the Queen’s Christmas speech. Afterward, they all go their own way before coming together again for afternoon tea and traditional Christmas fruitcake, then they gather again in the evening, where a buffet dinner with 15-20 different items awaits them. It’s always a buffet with the chefs at the table carving. They don’t do appetisers on Christmas like many do in the U.S. Instead, appetisers and canapes are reserved for New Year’s Eve.’
And if you need further proof that the Queen is just like the rest of us during Christmas, you’ll be pleased to hear that she, too, can’t resist festive sweet treats. ‘The Queen is a major chocoholic, particularly dark chocolate, so she always has a chocolate treat on Christmas,’ McGrady revealed. ‘She also loves mint.’