Queen has favourite sandwich for ‘every afternoon tea since childhood’ – chef

The Queen is reportedly so fond of her favourite sandwich that she has had it for every afternoon tea since she was a child, says a former Palace chef.

The curious royal food fact was spilled by Darren McGrady, who was Her Majesty's personal chef from 1982 to 1993. He also worked as a cook for Princess Diana, Prince Harry and Prince William.

Ahead of the Queen's huge Platinum Jubilee celebrations next month, many will be curious to know what someone in his position would have to rustle up for our monarch at the famous Palace garden parties.

One item that will certainly make it onto the menu is the classic British dessert of jam pennies, according to Darren.

In a tell-all YouTube video, he said: “With 6,000 people at each garden party that's a lot of food, and fortunately, the royal chefs only have to cater for the royal tea tent.”

Darren revealed that while royal chefs prepare a “selection of different sandwiches” for the royals, the custom sandwich featuring bread, jam and butter would be a certain fixture as the Queen has eaten them her whole life.

He told royal fans: “The Queen was served jam pennies in the nursery as a little girl, she’s had them for afternoon tea ever since”

“We’d make the jam at Balmoral Castle with the gorgeous Scottish strawberries from the gardens.”

He added that the dessert, which is cut in a small round shape, was given the name "pennies" after the size of the old English penny.

The sweet tooth stretches to other parts of the Royal Family, as grandsons Prince Harry and Prince William and their late mum Princess Diana are said to be huge fans of the chocolate biscuit cake.

Prince Charles and Diana’s previous chef, Carolyn Robb, revealed: “It was a firm favourite in the royal nursery; so much so that, many years later, Prince William chose to have chocolate biscuit cake at his wedding for the groom’s cake.

“It was designed, made, and gifted to Prince William by McVitie’s biscuit manufacturers and is said to have been made from 1,700 biscuits and 17kg of chocolate."

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