Queens ex-personal chef says royal family tuck in to boring Christmas dinner

A former palace chef has revealed what the Royal family may have for their Christmas Day dinner at Sandringham House.

As the festive season finally rolls around the corner, the culinary experts at the Queen’s Sandringham estate will undoubtedly be revising the Royal Family’s holiday schedule and Christmas day menu.

Most people would expect the Christmas dinner of a monarch to be extravagant affairs, filled with caviar and foie gras. However, according to Darren McGrady, the Christmas meal he served up couldn’t have been more traditional.

This Christmas will be the first time in years that the Queen has sat down to a Christmas dinner without Prince Philip, who passed away on April 12, aged 99.

The late Duke of Edinburgh spent four nights in King Edward VII's hospital in central London receiving treatment for a "pre-existing condition" from December 20 in 2019, prompting concerns he would miss out on a family Christmas.

However, he was discharged at 8.49 am on Christmas Eve, allowing him to head back to Sandringham to spend Christmas with Queen Elizabeth, the Mirror reports.

And on Christmas Day in 1956, The Duke of Edinburgh was away from home on a voyage around the Commonwealth. The Queen remained at Sandringham House, where she has spent every Christmas since her father’s death in 1952.

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The Royal Family’s traditional Christmas celebrations at Sandringham House are back on this year, after the Queen and Prince Philip spent the day apart from their loved ones last year for a Covid-safe affair.

A former palace chef has previously spilled the beans on what their festive meal might entail describing a traditional, but fairly lavish, Christmas feast.

Darren McGrady, who used to work in the royal kitchens, said the family was likely to dine on a big lunch after church, which would feature “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”.

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"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."

McGrady went on to add: “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.”

A traditional homemade Christmas pudding is served after the main meal and is “decorated in holly, doused in brandy, and the palace steward would carry it, flaming, into the royal dining room,” says McGrady.

Mr McGrady claimed the family stuck with the same meal “year after year”.

However, last year Mike Tindall gave a different account.

Speaking on his rugby podcast last year, he said the royals do much of their festive celebrating on Christmas Eve, and give their staff Christmas Day off.

"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,” he said.

While a festive tipple would usually be considered a must on the big day, it is unclear whether the monarch will be enjoying a glass of wine, or a gin this year, following on from reports she has been advised to go teetotal.

The Queen, who has recently used a walking stick for the first time on royal visits, is said to be recovering after she had tests and spent a night in hospital last month.

It was not yet known whether Prince Harry and Meghan Markle would be making their way over from the United States for the occasion.

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