Queen Elizabeth II: Does the Queen eat SWAN for Christmas? Royal Christmas dinner REVEALED

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Queen Elizabeth II: Does the Queen eat SWAN for Christmas? Royal Christmas dinner REVEALED

CHRISTMAS is approaching and the British Royal Family have, like most families, their own Christmas traditions and meals for the happy holiday. But does the Queen eat swan for Christmas? Here’s the royal Christmas dinner revealed.

The British royal family spends every Christmas at the Queen’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk for a festive dinner. And as most families, the royals have their own traditions for the holiday. But what does Queen Elizabeth tuck into on the big day?

Does the Queen eat swan for Christmas?
Although the Queen is the only person allowed to eat a swan, she does not eat it for her Christmas dinner.

Queen Elizabeth II The Queen is the only one allowed to eat swans in the UK Image GETTY
Queen Elizabeth II The Queen is the only one allowed to eat swans in the UK Image GETTY

Royal expert and editor at Dailybreak Kelly Lynch said: “Although I am familiar with the annual swan upping, I’ve seen no evidence of the royals dining on swans.

“I know that the Queen has a rather simple palette when it comes to food, and since she owns all of the mute swans in England and Wales, I find it hard to believe she’d dine on them.”

Darren McGrady, the former chef to Queen Elizabeth II revealed the royals eat turkey every year, like most other British families for Christmas.

Mr McGrady said: “They’re actually boring when it comes to festivities!

Queen Elizabeth II The Queen always spends Christmas at her Sandringham estate in Norfolk Image GETTY
Queen Elizabeth II The Queen always spends Christmas at her Sandringham estate in Norfolk Image GETTY

“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.”

However, the royal family’s connection to swans goes back a long way.

In the era of Queen Elizabeth I, swans was considered a delicacy and was frequently on the menu.

And in the Middle Ages, the mute swan was declared a “royal bird” which meant the monarch owned all the swans in the UK, unless given to somebody else.

Today an annual swan-upping takes place on the Thames annually.

Queen Elizabeth II The Queen takes part in an annual swan upping Image GETTY
Queen Elizabeth II The Queen takes part in an annual swan upping Image GETTY

The ceremony sees all the swans on the Thames rounded up and ringed, for conservation purposes mainly.

And all the mute swans left unmarked belong to the Crown due to royal prerogative.

Outside the royal household, only one group of people can legally hunt and eat unmarked mute swans, and that’s the fellows of St John’s, Cambridge.

Queen Elizabeth II owns all unmarked swans Image GETTY
Queen Elizabeth II owns all unmarked swans Image GETTY

But according to St John’s, there is no record of the elegant bird being eaten at the college since 1896.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK