Queen to receive giant 4Ib ‘surprise filled’ egg as very special Easter gift

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THE QUEEN receives a giant Easter egg every year as a gift.

The monarch, 93, is sent an Easter egg by North London chocolatier Prestat. The company holds a coveted Royal Warrant and makes the eggs custom for Her Majesty.

The eggs typically weigh in at around 4lb (1.8kg) and are handcrafted to her wants.

They contain even more treats inside, including praline bunnies and Union Jack-wrapped chocolate bars.

Bill Keeling, the co-owner of Prestat, explained to The Telegraph the handmade egg is packed with “different surprises each year”.

He said: “It’s always with a sense of trepidation that the great egg is sent off to the palace, and we always hope it receives a royal welcome.”

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THE QUEEN receives a giant Easter egg every year as a gift. (Image: Getty Images)

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The monarch is sent an Easter egg by North London chocolatier Prestat. (Image: TripAdvisor)

The Daily Mail reported it takes staff at the firm’s artisan factory in North London more than four hours to create the confectionary.

The blend – made from the highest-quality cocoa beans specially-sourced from three different African countries – is a closely-guarded secret.

However, the melted chocolate for the special egg is always mixed in a century-old jug belonging to co-owner Nick Crean’s great-grandmother.

Prices for Prestat’s Easter eggs begin at £7.95, with their hamper costing £39.95.

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It was revealed in February that The Queen is a “chocoholic” in an interview with former chef Darren McGrady. (Image: Getty Images)

Nick Crean told the Daily Mail it was an honour to be asked to make the Queen’s Easter egg.

He revealed that the monarch had a penchant for dark chocolate – with “the odd bar of white every now and again”.

He continued: “It is said that she particularly likes our dark chocolate wafers and she once told me ‘they are very popular round here.

“The Queen Mother was also a fan and revealed she used to put out cheaper chocolates for her guests so she could keep ours to herself.”

The Sun revealed in February that The Queen is a “chocoholic” in an interview with former chef Darren McGrady.

He said: “[The Queen] is absolutely a chocoholic. Anything we put on the menu that had chocolate on, she would pick off the menu.

“She had a red leather-bound menu book and the menus are all written in there.

“The chefs pick the menus and she puts a line through the ones that she doesn’t want.”

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The monarch has a penchant for dark chocolate – with “the odd bar of white every now and again”. (Image: Getty Images)

Nick and Bill bought Prestat in 1998 after the 100-year-old company hit hard times.

They manufacture their goods in the UK, and source their cocoa from a business partnership sponsoring farmers.

They usually send trial boxes to the royal family before receiving feedback.

Mr Crean commented: “We sent the first box to the Queen to try and got a letter back from the palace saying they had disappeared upstairs and never came back down again.”

Source: EXPRESS CO UK