Food & Drink This is what the Queen eats on Christmas Day

07:55  09 december  2017
07:55  09 december  2017 Source:   countryliving.co.uk

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The royal family, it turns out, is pretty modest in their festive celebrations. They celebrate Christmas over two days at Sandringham House, their private

As in many households around the UK, the menu for Christmas day doesn’t change and is the same year after year.After everyone has finished tucking into their food, the royal family gathers to watch the Queen ’s Christmas speech.Following What's The One Food Queen Elizabeth II Eats Every Day ?

These are the royal family's favourite Christmas traditions © WPA Pool / Getty These are the royal family's favourite Christmas traditions When it comes to Christmas traditions, every family has their preferences. Some only eat after the Queen's Speech, others can't enjoy Christmas dinner without Brussels sprouts, and for some the main event is the pigs in blankets. (It's the brandy cream, for us.)

But how different are we to the royal family in terms of our festive traditions?

A former royal chef has revealed some of the royal family's favourite Christmas rituals, so if you really wanted to, you could follow suit and enjoy Christmas dinner like the Queen this year.

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During an interview for The Independent, chef Darren McGrady explains that the royals get together each holiday season at Sandringham House, their private residence in Norfolk, where they spend two days celebrating.

But, when it comes to the set up, Darren reveals that it might not be as luxurious as you might expect.

a large brick building with grass in front of a castle © Provided by Hearst Communications, Inc "The Queen is not lavish, so the décor is minimal," Darren said. "The royal family has a large Christmas tree and a large silver artificial tree in the dining room, which is about 30-years-old."

So what are their main eating traditions?

On Christmas morning, the royal family visit the church and then return home to eat. They "stick with the same meal year after year," not deviating from their firm favourite.

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But what do they tuck into on the big day ? And do they indulge in cheesy Christmas movies and open stockings in pjs? After everyone has finished tucking into their food, the Royal Family gathers to watch the Queen ’s Christmas speech.

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Darren reveals that they prefer to feast at lunchtime on Christmas Day, rather than in the evening, and eat "salad with shrimp or lobster, a roasted turkey, and all of your traditional side dishes like parsnips, carrots, Brussels sprouts, and Christmas pudding with brandy butter for dessert."

a bowl of food © Provided by Hearst Communications, Inc This is followed by sitting down to watch Her Majesty's Christmas Speech, of course.

One of the sweetest aspects to the dinner is that Her Royal Highness takes the opportunity to serve those who usually serve her.

"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," Darren recalls. "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."

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But what a meal it is. Occurring over lunch rather than dinner, the royals feast on “salad with shrimp or lobster, a roasted turkey, and all of your traditional side dishes like parsnips, carrots, Brussels sprouts, and Christmas pudding with brandy butter for dessert,” before sitting down to listen to the Queen ’s

After lunch, they all sit down watch the Queen 's Christmas speech, which surely must be an odd moment. Here’s What Lionel Messi Eats In Order To Be The World’s Greatest Footballer.

The rest of the celebrations involve present sharing and eating sweets, cake and chocolate. Not unlike the rest of us then!

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