Why does Queen Elizabeth weigh her guests before and after Christmas dinner?
The British royal family has traditions that often surprise the whole world. In the 2021 film Spencer, which features actress Kristen Stewart in the role of Lady Diana, ex-wife of Prince Charles, a moment stands out. At the beginning of the Christmas celebrations, the princess gets on a scale.
Many people who watched the movie were curious to know if this scene is based on real events. This curious information about the Christmas customs of Queen Elizabeth II had already been released before.
According to British royal expert and editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine Ingrid Seward, Queen Elizabeth often weighs guests before and after Christmas dinner. The reason: to make sure they were well fed.
Check out below how this unusual custom came about.
The reign of Edward VII
According to Metrópoles, the tradition began in the reign of Edward VII, in the early 1900s. The monarch himself took the initiative because of his concern for his family’s health.
After that, the custom created by Queen Victoria’s son became a rule during Christmas celebrations. Because of this, to this day, all nobles , even Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton, are heavy on the event.
The Great Christmas Dinner
According to tradition, the family always starts supper with the turkey and all the accompaniments available. Soon after, the royals drink tea while eating an iced cake.
According to the source, between meals, Queen Elizabeth and her family walk through the gardens of Sandringham, the country mansion that is located in the Norfolk region of England. Thus, they usually enter the supper room in order of age, from oldest to youngest.
Queen Elizabeth’s Corgis
People who think that only human members of the royal family attend the feast are wrong. In addition to the nobles, Queen Elizabeth’s dogs receive special meals during Christmas celebrations.
“Even the corgis, there were 12 when I was a chef, they have individual menus, usually permeated with fresh rabbit, beef or chicken with rice and cabbage,” Darren McGrady, former royal chef, told The Sun in November 2021.