The Royal Family's Christmas dinner menu has been revealed – and it's a surprise – Gloucestershire Live
The Queen’s festive celebrations take place traditionally on the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk
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With Christmas fast approaching, people across the country are thinking about decorations, holiday plans, shopping – and preparing dinner for the big day.
The Royal Family is no different, with Christmas a major celebration in their household as much as anyone else's.
They are renowned for their weird and wacky festive traditions, from weighing themselves before and after dinner to ensure they are ‘well-fed’, banning the game Monopoly or opening presents on Christmas Eve.
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But when it comes to what is served for the Christmas meal, the family couldn’t be more traditional, reports MyLondon.
A former palace chef peeled back the curtain and revealed just what the Royal Family’s festive schedule looks like and what is on the menu.
You may have assumed that the Queen and her family would be chowing down on a banquet of everything from caviar to foie gras on the big day, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.
Darren McGrady, a former royal chef who originally worked at the Savoy Hotel in London, cooked for the Royal Family for 15 years and served food to everyone from the Queen to Diana, Princess of Wales.
While McGrady has several hilarious anecdotes from his time working in the palace kitchens, he fondly remembers Christmas Day- largely because of how normal it was.
"It was the same meal every year," McGrady 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."
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 Brussel sprouts, carrots and roast parsnips.”
But what about pudding?
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.
A festive tipple is a must on the big day, so what is the Queen’s drink of choice? According to McGrady the Queen will enjoy a classic gin and dubonnet cocktail before she sits down to begin her meal.
The former chef adds that the monarch would also enjoy a glass of the sweet and aromatic German white wine gewürztraminer with her food.
But following on from reports that the Queen has been advised to stop drinking ahead of the most important year of her reign next year, will the Queen still raise a glass with her family at Christmas? We hope so!
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