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Queen Buys Every Single Staff Member £8 Present From Tesco For Christmas

Anish Vij

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Queen Buys Every Single Staff Member £8 Present From Tesco For Christmas

The Queen has bought every single member of her staff a £8 present from Tesco for Christmas.

'If it ain't broke, don't fix it' is Her Majesty's approach to Christmas gift giving and the infamous Christmas pudding is yet again her choice.

"About 1,500 Christmas puddings paid for by the Queen (through the Privy Purse) are distributed to staff throughout the Palaces, staff in the Court Post Office and Palace police," read the Royal Family website.

"Each pudding is accompanied by a greeting card from the Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh."

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

In the past The Queen would opt for a big Harrods or Fortnum & Mason order - but these days Tesco seems to be the grocer of choice, as per Hello! Mag.

Her Maj reportedly buys Tesco's Finest Matured Christmas Pudding for her staff - which comes in at £8 for an 800g pud.

It turns out the Queen always eats a 'boring' meal on Christmas Day, a former royal chef has revealed.

While you might expect the British monarch to go all out on the big day, one of her old cooks has claimed the opposite is true.

Darren McGrady, who used to work in the royal kitchens, said they just have a bog standard roast dinner, usually enjoying a big feed after mass.

He said: "They're actually boring when it comes to festivities. They didn't do hams or anything, just traditional turkeys.

"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."

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

He added: "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."

And McGrady went on to explain that the traditional Christmas pudding is 'decorated in holly, doused in brandy, and the palace steward would carry it, flaming, into the royal dining room'.

This goes against the account of former rugby player Mike Tindall, who is married to Lizzie's granddaughter, Zara, and said on his podcast last year that it's even simpler than that.

He said: "Christmas Day is a little more quiet because it's actually a cold buffet because they give everyone the day off, and their big day is Christmas Eve."

According to reports, the Royals take Christmas very seriously and are even weighed before tucking into their meal.

The information dates back to 2018, when royal expert and biographer Ingrid Seward told Grazia that all of the guests are asked to 'weigh themselves' as they arrive for the festive celebrations.

This is apparently to ensure that guests are having a great time and make absolutely certain that they're being 'well fed'.

According to reports, the tradition dates back to the early 1900s when King Edward VII was on the throne.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: The Queen, Royal Family, Tesco

Anish Vij
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