Inside the Queen’s lavish Boxing Day breakfast and ‘ultimate’ comfort food

If there’s one thing that looks like Christmas for the Royals, it’s traditional.

From be weighed before the festivities begin at Sandringham As gifts open on Christmas Eve, the holiday season for the royal family is full of traditions that many of us would consider weird or outlandish.

But a tradition in place ensures that Queen kicks off the Santo Stefano in style, enjoying a hearty breakfast and preparing for the day ahead.

As reported by the sun, Her Majesty and other visitors to Sandringham begin Boxing Day with a breakfast buffet of kedgeree, bacon, and eggs.

Royal chef Darren McGrady said it is “one of the most popular breakfast dishes”

The breakfast, originally from 14th century India, consists of smoked haddock flakes, rice, hard-boiled eggs, cream and curry powder.

Posting on his Youtube channel, former royal chef, Darren McGrady, revealed that the dish was one of the 95-year-old’s favorite things to eat for breakfast.

Speaking in the video, he said: “One of the most popular breakfast dishes I’ve cooked for the royal family – one of their favorites and mine as well – is a dish called kedgeree.

“It is the ultimate comfort food dish that was brought to the Victorians in the era of the Raj by returning British settlers.”

Preparing the meal, Darren cut a smoked cod fillet into pieces and boiled it in milk.

Christmas for royalty is a time full of different traditions
Christmas for royalty is a time full of different traditions

Members of the Queen's family gather annually on the Sandringham Estate
Members of the Queen’s family gather annually on the Sandringham Estate

The chef then added basmati rice, four hard boiled eggs, curry powder, milk, cream and fresh parsley to complete the queen recipe.

As part of the Boxing Day celebrations, the family usually spends time outdoors in Sandringham in Norfolk, participating in activities such as horseback riding, walking and filming.

The rich breakfast buffet follows a series of indulgent meals eaten on Christmas Day, including lobster and turkey, as well as a menu written in French.

Boxing Day is filled with outdoor activities, including walking and horseback riding
Boxing Day is filled with outdoor activities, including walking and horseback riding

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Speaking to James Haskell and Alex Payne on their podcast The Good, The Bad and The Rugby, Mike Tindall revealed that even real children sit away from adults during the Queen’s annual Christmas dinner.

husband of Zara Tindall, the Queen’s niece, Mike discussed the 2019 meal they enjoyed before the pandemic canceled the 2020 celebrations, mentioning how he found himself at a table with Prince Charles.

“This is family lunch, there were seven tables so there must have been about 70 of us there,” he said.

“The children have their little one in a different room.”


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