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

07:55  09 december  2017
07:55  09 december  2017 Source:   Country Living (UK)

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‘After afternoon tea, they open gifts on Christmas Eve, as is the German tradition. Christmas morning, the family eats a hardy breakfast before heading off to church. After lunch, they all sit down to watch the Queen ’s Christmas speech (surely an odd moment…?).

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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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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.

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? On Christmas Day , the royal family gather to watch the Queen 's Speech after tucking into a turkey.

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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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This is what the Queen eats and drinks everyday. What the Royal has for breakfast, lunch, dinner (and snacks) each day . But she was too frugal to ever order fresh truffles and only really enjoyed them at Christmas when the truffles were sent as a gift."

Ever wondered what the Royal family gets up to on Christmas day ? A former royal chef, Darren McGrady, has revealed the family's Christmas traditions. This Is What The Queen Eats At Christmas .

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

Related: Ever Wonder What The Queen Of England Eats When She's At Home? (provided by Wochit News)

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