Working for the Royal Family Q&A’s
Did I meet any of the Royal Family?
There were times that yes, we did, some would come down to the Kitchen, whilst others I would meet at the functions or events. But I would say they would not know my name and that was ok, they were always pleasant, I never felt out of place and I 100% felt and took it as an honour to be working there as a Royal Patisserie Chef. I was very well looked after and gained lifelong friends from my experience.
Did they really eat my food?
Yes, is the simple answer.
Was I ever nerves?
No, not unless I was going to meet them, and I had to have lessons on how to great them correctly, which is harder than you think (remember I am clumsy)
Am I Royalist?
Never sure how to answer this as there are many ways and views. So, I just say it as I see it. The Royal Family have brought a lot to the UK, the money from overseas visitors is a big part and let’s be honest without them why would you visit the UK? They bring the history, the traditions and the culture. So, am I Royalist? Well if it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t have had the best experience and had many opportunities by just working for them, if this means I am a Royalist, then yes, I am.
What did they really think about Princess Diana and did I meet her?
Unfortunately, Diana had died before I worked there. I would have loved to have had a cuppa with the Queen and watched a movie with her! But unfortunately, she was busy when I asked. So, the answer is “I have no idea what they thought about Princess Diana” sorry.
What was the Queens Mothers favourite thing to eat?
Well from the Pastry Kitchen it was fruit scones.
Do you have any pictures?
The security is very tight of course, it must be, and we weren’t allowed cameras or phones inside the castle, they were taken off us when we entered and given when we asked when we were leaving the grounds. We could, of course, take pictures like the tourists could in the selective areas. And I do have some great ones of the Queen, Queen Mother, Margaret Thatcher, Prince Edward. Prince Charles, Camilla, Prince Harry and Prince William.
Did you ever meet the Queen’s Guards?
This is the thing people do not understand the Queen’s Guards are the alit, some have been in the SAS, they are strong both physically and mentally. They are trained to protect the Royal Family at all costs and that does mean protect to kill. There quarters wherein a different location to us and no we weren’t allowed to mix. I did meet the Royal Guards on duty and when they were preparing for an event but not to engage with.
I did, however, meet and have tea with a Knight, at Windsor Castle, there are 5 little houses near the entrance where Knights were given the honour of living out there days, this is a big honour and most tourists would not know what or why they are there. This knight was 82 years old when he was walking around the grounds and I bumped into him. He invited me for tea and the stories he told me where unreal in some senses and captivating. I learnt a lot from him and would often go on my hours off to sit with him and talk about our lives. I true gentleman and it makes me smile thinking of him as I am sure 20 years on, he will be with the angels looking down.
And finally, of course, I get asked about Megan and Harry and my feelings on them leaving the Monarchy?
I honestly do not care if they are happy and self-sufficient why would the world stop them? After all, he is doing what his Mother tried to do but it was too late for her.
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