IN our family, we all like to boast about how much food we can tuck away on Christmas Day.
But when you’re a royal, it turns out you have to put your money where you mouth is.
Yes as if Christmas at the Queen’s Norfolk estate Sandringham didn’t sound daunting enough, there’s also a VERY odd tradition every member of the Royal Family has to follow.
In 2018, royal expert Ingrid Seward Ingrid told Grazia that The Queen asks each of her guests – including Kate Middleton and Prince William – to “weigh themselves” when they arrive using a set of antique scales.
But this is all to make sure guests are having a great time – and they’re weighed to make sure they’re being “well fed”.
The tradition dates back to King Edward VII’s reign in the early 1900s – and applies to all members of the royal clan.
As the festivities undeniably revolve around eating, the Royal Family first enjoy a turkey dinner with all the trimmings before indulging themselves in an afternoon tea complete with a “gargantuan iced cake”.
What’s more, The Queen’s guests are also expected to “enter the dining room in order of seniority.”
After they are then seated, “the head chef carves the turkey” and “paper hats are donned, but not by the Queen.”
In order to “make room” for their lavish afternoon tea, the Royal Family then walk the grounds of the Sandringham estate and enjoy a “candlelit dinner in the dining room” in the evening.
Unsurprisingly, The Queen always ensures her beloved corgis have a special Christmas treat too.
Former royal chef Darren McGrady claims Her Majesty’s dogs were given a special Christmas meal too which consisted of the freshest local produce.
Darren wrote: “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’.”
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