Royal men and women have very different breakfasts on Xmas Day, insider claims

A former personal chef to the Queen has revealed what the royals eat during the Christmas period.

Darren McGrady, writing for The Mail on Sunday claims that breakfast in the royal household is a bit like a “quirky Christmas at Downton Abbey”.

The chef, who served as personal chef to the Queen, Princess Diana and younger versions of Princes William and Harry for 15 years, has also cooked for Presidents' Ford, Reagan, Bush and Clinton – so knows a thing or two about how to put on a decent spread.

The man, who lives in Dallas, Texas, wrote: “Christmas preparations for the Royal family start with the menus, which are chosen by the Queen when she arrives at Sandringham.

“She’s given two options for each course for every meal over the festive period, except for Christmas Day when a traditional turkey dinner is served.

“The only forbidden ingredient, at the Queen’s request, is garlic – perhaps with its anti-social effects in mind.

“Even the corgis – there were 12 when I was chef – have individual menus, usually involving a rotation of fresh rabbit, beef or chicken with rice and cabbage. We’d jokingly refer to the footmen responsible for the dogs, both named Paul, as ‘Doggy One and Doggy Two’.

“Often the Queen would make suggestions. If Prince Andrew was coming, she would make sure we served his favourite Mango Melba – mango ice cream with sliced mango and raspberry sauce – while William’s favourite chocolate biscuit cake would feature for afternoon tea.”

But it's breakfast where the royal household is split.

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On Christmas Day, the ladies generally opt for a light breakfast of sliced fruit, half a grapefruit, toast and coffee delivered to their rooms, the Queen’s having hers delivered at exactly 9am, while the male Royals appear for a “hearty breakfast” at 8.30am.

Their meals consist of eggs, bacon and mushrooms, kippers and grilled kidneys, apparently.

And, after church, they return for “pre-lunch”, which is probably just brunch to the average commoner, where the Queen has a gin and Dubonnet, while Prince Philip had beer.

Everyone else, Chef McGrady claims, will “sip a glass of Veuve Clicquot and nibble on nuts”.

The main meal of the day does not feature a starter, with roast turkey from local butcher Scoles in Dresingham takes centre stage.

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