Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

What's on the Royals' Christmas Table?

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

What's on the Royals' Christmas Table?

Article excerpt

EVERY family has their Christmas dining traditions when December 25 rolls in, and the royal family is no different.

But what do they tuck into on the big day? Darren McGrady, former chef to Queen Elizabeth II, Diana Princess of Wales and Princes William and Harry, revealed exactly how the elite family spends Christmas.

He said to Cosmopolitan that the family head to Sandringham House in Norfolk for the celebrations, with the Queen arriving on December 19 or 20, and the family joining on Christmas Eve.

Presents are placed ready for family members on trestle tables at the lavish abode.

Darren revealed: "The royals are of German descent so they weave in German traditions to their celebrations.

"After afternoon tea, they open gifts on Christmas Eve, as is the German tradition. Christmas morning, the family eats a hearty breakfast before heading off to church.

"After church, that's when they have a big lunch that includes a salad with shrimp or lobster, and a roasted turkey, and all of your traditional side dishes like parsnips, carrots, brussel sprouts and Christmas pudding with brandy butter for dessert. …

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