You would expect every member of the Royal Family to indulge in all kinds of exuberance and splendour when it comes to their menu- but that couldn’t be further from the truth for one royal.
Princess Anne has been praised time and time again for her incredible work ethic, no nonsense attitude and avoidance of fancy protocols.
And it would seem her practical approach extends to her dinner parties- from the strict end time to the very simple pudding.
The Princess Royal has homes at St James’s Palace in London and on the Gatcombe Estate in Gloucestershire.
The Queen’s only daughter has never been one for decadence or surrounding herself with luxury- she is instead incredibly down-to-earth- and that’s what royal fans love her for.
The Princess Royal is often crowned ‘The hardest working royal’ owing to the astounding number of engagements she completes every year.
As the she is involved in over 300 charities, organisations and military regiments, Princess Anne attended 148 official engagements in 2020 alone, despite the UK facing various covid restrictions.
Her practical and matter-of-fact attitude is no better seen in the simple pudding she gives her dinner guests ‘to enjoy in the car’.
The princess is reported to have said: “After all, one wants everyone out of the house by 9.15pm at the latest. For pudding, I pass them a choc ice to eat in the car.”
But what about the rest of the menu? According to the MailOnline , Anne has been said to serve her dinner guests pies or “anything by Fray Bentos”- a supermarket brand of tinned meat.
Former royal chef Darren McGrady previously told TODAY: “Princess Anne almost always preferred the bananas almost black – overripe – because they digest easier.”
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But according to John Williams, Executive Chef of The Ritz Hotel, the Princess’s go-to supper is something closer to what you would expect of a royal palette.
Williams told Country Life that devilled pheasant is a favourite. He said: “Basically, a couple of whole pheasants are poached, then taken off the bone, shredded and kept warm in the poaching juices. You just add freshly whipped cream, left in the fridge for an hour to stiffen, mixed with a good amount of Green Label mango chutney.”
Princess Anne’s work ethic was praised by her two children Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips in a recent ITV programme for her 70th birthday.
Sitting together, the royal siblings spoke about their mother and how her memory and ability to recall information for each of her official visits still amazes them.
Zara said: “She’s like a sponge, it’s unbelievable the information that is stored in her brain. “It’s incredible. It’s quite annoying as well.”
Peter agreed: “It is quite annoying, yes.”
When asked if they think their mother would ever slow down, Zara joked: “I mean, good luck. We would try and then it would be a very short conversation.”
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