The Royal Family has many food traditions – particularly the Queen.
And we all know about the supposed no-garlic rule at the palace by now, right? And you might even know about the Queen’s favorite tipples – a gin and Dubonnet before lunch, a wine during, then a dry martini and a glass of champagne before bed according to Vanity Fair.
But what do the Royals eat on special occasions? What does the family tuck into at Easter and Crimbo? And what does the Queen’s birthday cake look like?! Ever wondered about any of the above? Well it’s your lucky day, you lucky thing.
What the Queen eats at Easter
According to an OK! interview with the Queen’s former chef Darren McGrady, the Royal Family have several Easter traditions for Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
On Good Friday, the Queen will have a fish supper to mark the occasion. Many Christians, including the Queen, won’t eat meat on Fridays during lent – especially on Good Friday. And this fish won’t be from your local supermarket. The Queen prefers fish that’s sourced from lakes in the Royal estates, such as salmon from her de Ella Balmoral estate in Scotland.
On Easter Sunday, the Royals will sit down to a lamb roast with ONLY seasonal veggies. The Queen reportedly avoids genetically modified fruit and veg, and only eats fresh produce that’s naturally in season.
Along with the traditional lamb roast and fresh veg, The Royals will have a side salad comprising of lettuce, cucumber, mint or some grated carrot and coriander, then finish off the feast with a cheese board using Windsor Cheese and fruits grown on the grounds. Who doesn’t love a good cheeseboard?
And don’t forget the Gewürztraminer wine to wash down the meal.
Roast lamb for Easter might be pretty common, but their chocolate Easter eggs are definitely something special: handmade by royal chefs and, decorated with sugared flowers, the beautiful chocolate Easter eggs passed between the family as gifts are definitely fit for Royals. Stunning.
What the Queen eats on Christmas Day
When it comes to Christmas, the Royals love to participate in traditional customs too.
The Royals spend Christmas Day at their Sandringham estate in Norfolk. In the morning, the family sits down for a Full English breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, black pudding, mushrooms, tomatoes and toast. After returning from a church service at the nearby St Mary Magdalene, the family will begin their Christmas lunch.
The Royals might be known to avoid shellfish while travelling, but Christmas is another thing entirely. They start the meal with a lobster and prawn salad, and for main followed by a traditional Turkey roast with all the trimmings. And the dessert to top this all off? A Christmas pudding with brandy cream – set on fire before eating, of course.
In the afternoon, the family are no doubt drinking tea and watching the Queen’s speech with staple Christmas treats like mince pies and a chocolate Yule Log for snacking according to Hello! Magazine.
After a few hours spent digesting and maybe a Christmas Day walk, it’s time to eat again: a buffet with turkey, ham and other meat and fish is served alongside a mixed salad, seasonal vegetables and a foie gras en croute gifted by Harrods.
Sounds like a lot of work, right? Later, once the food is done, the chefs will come out into the drawing room and the entire family toasts the team for their hard work over the year with a whisky. I guess it’s nice not having to think about washing up after you’ve finished your dinner!
What the Queen eats on her birthday
Just like yours and mine, the Queen’s birthday wouldn’t be complete without a birthday cake. Her go-to her? A decadent tiered chocolate cake.
The recipe has been passed down through the family since the reign of Queen Victoria, so it’s certainly a family favourite.
The recipe uses Dutch cocoa powder and dark chocolate – the Queen’s fave – and is never personalized.
Every year, the cake decoration will simply say ‘Happy Birthday’, according to Darren McGrady.
Sounds good to us!
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