The Queen’s corgis had a team of people to plan a diet of chicken, liver, beef or lamb – claims the former royal chef

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The monarch’s chefs would also be in charge of preparing meals for the posh dog

The Queen’s chef of 11 years has revealed royal corgis had the strictest diet while working for Her Majesty.

While the 95-year-old monarch’s meals are simply what she desires on the day, her beloved pooches have their menus compiled a month in advance by canine experts.

According to Darren McGrady, who has cooked at Buckingham Palace, Sandringham and Balmoral, chefs are under strict orders to follow personalized pet plans to the letter.

Alongside preparing meals for family and guests, Michelin-trained cooks prepare sumptuous dog bowls of duck, rabbit and finely cut vegetables that alternate day by day.

In an interview with GB News, Mr McGrady said: ‘The Queen had no adviser. I think the only real advisers were actually on the corgi menu!

Queen Elizabeth II with some of her corgis walking the cross country course on day two of the Windsor Equestrian Trials

Queen Elizabeth II sits with her corgis, at Virginia Water, to watch competitors, including Prince Philip in the European Driving Championship marathon, as part of the Royal Windsor Horse Show

Queen Elizabeth II sits with her corgis, at Virginia Water, to watch competitors, including Prince Philip in the European Driving Championship marathon, as part of the Royal Windsor Horse Show

“She was actually asking people for advice on what they were eating, whether it was lamb, chicken, liver or beef.”

The comments come as former Labor health secretary Alan Johnson confessed to once eating biscuits made for posh dogs while sitting next to the monarch during lunch.

Mr Johnson said he had no idea he was munching on the food of corgis at Windsor Castle in 2008, until he mentioned to then Welsh Secretary Paul Murphy how he had “particularly enjoyed the cheese and the unusual dark biscuits”.

According to Robert Hardman, writing in his new book ‘The Queen of Our Times’, Mr Murphy replied: “No, the black biscuits were for corgis!”

The Queen’s love for corgis is well known. It’s been reported that she’s owned over 30 pets since she received her first “Susan” as a 18-year-old gift.

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh in Windsor joined by Sugar, one of the royal corgis

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh in Windsor joined by Sugar, one of the royal corgis

Mr McGrady, speaking on behalf of a UK coffee retailer coffee friendadded that the Queen’s diet was regulated only by her unwavering discipline and that she had an attitude of “eating to live rather than living to eat”.

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He said: ‘It shocked me when I worked there that we didn’t have a dietician who said every member of the royal family had this or that. There were none !

“We would just put suggestions in a menu book and the queen would put lines over the ones she didn’t want.”

He continued: “She ate breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, four meals a day. She is five-foot-two and tiny, but she was disciplined. It was the discipline to eat a small portion.”

Her Majesty’s main request, Mr McGrady said, was that cooks incorporate as much fresh produce picked from the grounds of her properties as possible.

A favorite to put in his desserts were strawberries grown on the Balmoral estate.


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