The Queen's 'boring' Christmas dinner favorite revealed by royal chef

The Queen kept things basic when it came to Christmas dinners at Sandringham

The Queen's 'boring' Christmas dinner
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The late Queen Elizabeth II's 'boring' Christmas dinner go-to has been revealed by her former royal chef.

  • While the Queen famously hosted a lavish royal Christmas at her Norfolk residence, Sandringham, almost every year of her 70-year reign, a royal chef has revealed that she liked to keep things simple when it came to dinner time. 
  • Former royal chef Darren McGrady has shared details of his time cooking up a festive feast for The Firm and admitted the Queen's choice of Christmas dinner meat is rather 'boring'. 
  • In other royal news, the Christmas outfit Kate Middleton regrets for this *very* relatable reason has been revealed. 

With Queen Elizabeth II spending almost every Christmas of her reign at the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, Her Majesty's royal Christmases were one of her favorite celebrations of the year. 

With all of the monarch's close family members gathering at Sandringham for her famous yuletide get togethers over the years, the Queen's Christmas traditions included a German-inspired Christmas Eve gift exchange, a Christmas Day church ceremony and the classic family lunch. 

And while royal fans may expect the British monarchy to dine on lots of luxury festive treats, it turns out that the Queen's Christmas dinner menu was kept rather simple.

The Queen's 'boring' Christmas dinner

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Darren McGrady cooked for the royal family for over a decade, catering for everyone from Her Majesty the Queen herself to Princess Diana. 

Recalling his time in the royal kitchens on Christmas Day, Darren explained that turkey with delicious-sounding trimmings was on offer for the royals and staff alike. 

He added that there wasn't much else on offer when it came to meat, though, with no sign of gammon or goose on the Queen's Christmas dinner table. 

"It was the same meal every year. They're actually boring when it comes to festivities. They didn't do hams or anything, just traditional turkeys," he said. 

The Queen's 'boring' Christmas dinner

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"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," Darren continued. 

"The turkey is served with mashed and roast potatoes, chestnut or sage and onion stuffing, cranberry sauce and bread sauce. Vegetables include Brussels sprouts, carrots and roast parsnips."

Caitlin Elliott
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