A royal chef has revealed the luxury menu served to the Queen's corgis, as it is revealed that the pedigree pooches don't just eat any old kibble and have their own delicious menu.
- The Queen is the owner of four dogs who currently live at her homes in Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace.
- A royal chef has revealed that the Queen's beloved pets get to tuck into gourmet meals every night.
- In other royal news, Kate Middleton and Prince William's Easter mistake broke royal protocol but they've not repeated it since.
The Queen has owned more than 30 different corgis in her lifetime and currently owns four dogs, a cocker spaniel named Lissy, a Dorgi named Candy, and two corgis, one of which is named Muick.
Her Majesty's adoration of these furry friends has been discussed by one of the Queen's former chefs, Darren McGrady, who has revealed that these four-legged creatures even have their own menu which is prepared by royal chefs.
"When I worked at the palace, we actually had a royal menu for the dogs," Darren told HELLO! "It would be chosen and sent to us in the kitchen every month by Mrs. Fennick, who took care of all the dogs at Sandringham," said the chef as he referred to the Queen's Norfolk home, Sandringham Castle.
The chef revealed that this was no ordinary menu and the pets were treated to a variety of high-end meats. "It would list each day what the dogs were to have. One day it would be beef, the next day chicken, the next day lamb, the next day rabbit and it alternated through those days," said Darren.
"The beef would come in, we would cook it, dice it into really fine pieces, and then we did the same with the chicken," The chef revealed the level of detail that went into the cooking to ensure the dogs wouldn't struggle to eat the meat. "We'd poach them, and again chop them really, really small to make sure there were no bones so the dogs wouldn't choke," said Darren.
"Prince William and Prince Harry used to shoot rabbits on the Windsor Estate, so we'd get the rabbits, they'd have to be cleaned and then cooked," said the chef.
He also added that they would even consider the dogs' digestion when cooking. "Some days some of the dogs were—shall we say for a better word—a little bunged-up, so we'd have to add cabbage on the menu, and then other days we'd actually put rice in there for the other way. It really was a case of following the menu," he said.
Although the Queen didn't cook the food, Her Majesty would always feed them herself. "Every day the Queen's footman would come down to the kitchen at around two or three in the afternoon, and take the dog food upstairs to feed the royal corgis. They each had their own bowls," said the chef. "The Queen would feed them herself, I think after she'd had her tea."
Although this level of dedication from the chefs may lead readers to believe that there was some genuine affection from the royal staff for the dogs, Darren revealed that actually many of the Queen's kitchen staff disliked the dogs.
"The chefs didn't like the corgis! They're yappy, little yappy nasty dogs. They're pack dogs so they'd always fight with the Queen Mother's dogs or Princess Anne's dogs," revealed the chef.
"Places like Sandringham, the dogs would come into the kitchen. You'd often think, 'Come on get out of the way, otherwise, I'll put you in the oven!'" joked the chef.
Her Majesty's fascination with corgis is so well established that it has even been reported that the Queen's love of Corgi dogs will be honored with a special event ahead of Platinum Jubilee.
The Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations are set to take place this summer and will mark the Her Majesty's 70-year reign on the throne.
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