Queen Elizabeth II has eaten jam sandwiches every day since she was a child, according to her former personal chef.
Darren McGrady Claim on his YouTube channel The monarch loves strawberry preserves made from fruit picked at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.
“As a child, the Queen got jam pennies in the nursery. She’s been using them for her afternoon tea ever since,” he said in a recently revealed video released last July. Sandwiches are made with bread with a little butter and jam, then cut into circles the size of an old British penny.
As part of the elegant tradition of afternoon tea, McGrady, who claims to have been a chef before the Queen for 11 years, also revealed the Queen’s solution to a conundrum familiar to British scones lovers: jam or cream?
“The queen always jams first,” he said in another video. “The jam continues, followed by the delicious clotted cream.”
Aside from the reserve, the 96-year-old monarch has always preferred fresh strawberries. “If strawberries were in season, the Queen would eat strawberries three or four nights a week in Balmoral,” he said.
But woe to anyone who tries to feed her out-of-season berries. A batch on the dinner table in January will mean “cutting your head off,” McGrady joked.
The Palace does not comment on the Queen’s sandwich preferences.