A former Royal chef has revealed the ‘boring’ meal that The Queen eats on Christmas day.
Darren McGrady, who used to work in the kitchens, spoke to Good Housekeeping about the family’s annual festive lunch.
He said: “They’re actually boring when it comes to festivities. They didn’t do hams or anything, just traditional turkeys.
“We did three turkeys for The Queen and her family in the royal dining room, one for the children’s nursery, and then more for the 100 or so staff, so everyone had a Christmas lunch.”
He added: “The turkey is served with mashed and roast potatoes, chestnut or sage and onion stuffing, cranberry sauce, and bread sauce.
“Vegetables include Brussels sprouts, carrots, and roast parsnips.”
McGrady went on to explain that the traditional Christmas pudding is ‘decorated in holly, doused in brandy, and the palace steward would carry it, flaming, into the royal dining room’.
The chef also elaborated on the tradition of staff mixing with the family.
He said: “Right before the Christmas buffet, the senior chef on duty goes into the dining room and carves the rib roast or turkey or ham and once he’s done, her Majesty presents the chef with a glass of whiskey and they toast.
“That’s the only time the chef goes into the dining room and has a glass of whiskey with the royal family. It’s one of the chef’s favourite traditions.”
However, these claims differ slightly from that of former rugby player Mike Tindall, who is married to The Queen’s granddaughter, Zara.
He claimed traditions are even simpler on his podcast last year, saying: “Christmas Day is a little more quiet because it’s actually a cold buffet because they give everyone the day off, and their big day is Christmas Eve.”
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