Royal Christmas Dinner: Find out what the Queen, Kate Middleton, Prince William, Zara Tindall and other royals traditionally eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner on Christmas Day
Afternoon tea is a staple in the royal household, even on Christmas Day! The Queen and his family love to feast on delicious food just as much as we do – and they certainly don’t do things by halves.
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Former Royal Chef Darren McGrady, who worked for the Queen and Princess Diana, has cooked around seven Christmas dinners during his career. Find out what festive foods the royal family eats for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and afternoon tea …
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What does the royal family eat for breakfast on Christmas Day?
To start a day full of decadent foods, royals eat full english breakfast. Start as you like, don’t you? They then traditionally visit the church before returning for lunch.
What does the royal family eat for Christmas lunch?
“It was the same meal every year,” Darren said previously. SALVATION!. “Actually, they’re boring when it comes to festivities! They didn’t make ham or anything, just traditional turkeys. We made three turkeys for the queen and her family in the royal dining room, one for the children’s nursery and more for the hundred employees, so everyone had a Christmas lunch. ”
Darren McGrady has cooked around seven Christmas dinners during his career
As the Queen and members of the Royal Family dined in the Main Hall, the the young princes and princesses ate at the crib, supported by their nannies.
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“The children always ate at the nursery until they were old enough to behave properly at the table. “ said Darren. “So for the Queen there was never a case of putting a high chair at the table with a little baby squealing and throwing food. It was Victorian. The children’s place was in the nursery and Nanny would take care of them. It’s your modern time Downton abbey. “
Traditional foods such as turkey, stuffing and roasted potatoes are served on Christmas
The family dined on “turkey, different stuffings – sage and onion, chestnut – and traditional sides like roasted potatoes, mashed potatoes, parsnips and Brussels sprouts,” Darren added, followed by pudding. Christmas for dessert.
“The pudding was prepared in pudding basins, turned, decorated with holly, sprinkled with brandy, then the steward of the palace carried it, flamboyant, into the royal dining room”, said Darren. “It was so traditional.”
After lunch, the royals would go for a walk in the Sandringham Estate and then return to watch the Queen’s speech.
What does the royal family eat for Christmas tea?
Royal children sit in a different room for Christmas lunch
“Soon after they went for afternoon tea,” Darren said. “It was always the chocolate yule log, which was a variation of the chocolate birthday cake, scones, tarts, different types of sandwiches and Christmas cake.
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“We would make a big Christmas cake for the Queen and the Royal Family, then another smaller for the nursery of Prince William, Prince Harry, Zara, Peter, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie. It was always a fruit cake – royal icing, marzipan and the traditional fruit cake. “
What is the royal family eating for Christmas dinner?
The last meal of the day would be the evening buffet, which Darren describes as “even more elaborate” than lunch. It was also the only time the chef went to the dining room to carve the meat.
The Cambridges previously attended the Christmas Day church service
“The buffet was when they took out the whole dish,” Darren said. “When I was there Harrods always gave them whole crusted foie gras. They had a whole Stilton cheese. We took the cap off, took the cap off and versions of the port in it. This made this wonderful cracker spread. It was really plush. There was also a large York ham that was decorated.
“Then after cutting up all the meat, the queen would ask the steward to pour the chef a drink and he would take a whiskey and they would toast him and say thank you, and they were the ones saying thank you for the L whole year. “
Previous royal dinner menus included tarts and brandy butter
Darren, author of Eat royally, also worked for the late Princess Diana until her death in 1997. He saw the boys, William and Harry, growing up at Kensington Palace. Her favorite memories, of course, involve the People’s Princess. “I always loved when Princess Diana was there,” Darren said. “She had walked into the kitchen and loved the pancake soufflé dessert. I had always put it on the menu because I knew it was her favorite.
“She would have lunch and then – bless her – she would go down to the kitchen after everyone left the table and say, ‘Ooh, is there any pancake soufflé left? “When the set came back I would always put it warm because I knew she would be down. She said: ‘I love this pudding and I’m too afraid to ask for seconds in front of the queen!’ “
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