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The queen loves to wash up in her marigolds, Paul Burrell claims

The queen, 94, likes to put on her marigolds and wash the dishes when she’s in Balmoral, while her lady-in-waiting does the drying, Paul Burrell claims.

  • The Queen enjoys putting on marigolds and washing dishes, claims Paul Burrell
  • Former servant added Prince has ‘great self-discipline when it comes to food’
  • Said she ‘always eats small portions’ – even when it comes to Christmas dinner

The queen likes to put on rubber gloves and do the dishes and eat only ‘tiny portions’ at Christmas, claims a former royal house servant.

Paul Burrell, 62, who served as a lackey to the Queen and later Diana’s butler for ten years until her death in 1997, said that while Her Majesty, 94, does not cook her own food, she likes to do the dishes – especially when she’s in her Scottish home, Balmoral, is.

‘She (the queen) likes to go for a picnic, but the food is all prepared,’ he said, speaking at Vicky Pattison’s The Secret Podcast.

She likes to wash up. She puts on the marigolds, and when she goes to the log cabin in Balmoral, she stands there with her marigolds on, and she washes up and the lady waiting dries.

The queen likes to put on rubber gloves and wash the dishes and only eat ‘small portions’ at Christmas, claims former Royal Household servant Paul Burrell. Pictured attending the 2020 Commonwealth Day Service on March 9, 2020 in London

Paul Burrell claimed Her Majesty doesn't cook her own food, she likes to do the dishes - especially when she's in her Scottish home, Balmoral (pictured)

Paul Burrell claimed Her Majesty doesn't cook her own food, she likes to do the dishes - especially when she's in her Scottish home, Balmoral (pictured)

Paul Burrell claimed Her Majesty doesn’t cook her own food, she likes to do the dishes – especially when she’s in her Scottish home, Balmoral (pictured)

While many of us view December 25 as an opportunity to pile up plates for a festive feast, Paul Burrell praised the monarch’s “great self-discipline” – adding, “She only eats very small portions.”

Her Majesty’s former personal lackey explained: ‘[The Queen] only eat very small portions.

She doesn’t eat a Christmas dinner like we do where it’s piled high and you can’t see each other across the table. ‘

“When you say something about the queen, I think the most important thing to say is that she has something that the rest don’t – she has great self-discipline.”

Paul Burrell praised the monarch’s “great self-discipline” – adding, “She only eats very small portions.” Pictured, at Windsor Castle on July 17, 2020

Paul Burrell served as the queen's footman and later as Diana's butler for 10 years until her death in 1997. Pictured: Paul with Diana in 1997

Paul Burrell served as the queen's footman and later as Diana's butler for 10 years until her death in 1997. Pictured: Paul with Diana in 1997

Paul Burrell served as the queen’s footman and later as Diana’s butler for 10 years until her death in 1997. Pictured: Paul with Diana in 1997

It comes after news that the three households limit on bubbles during the Christmas season could pose a challenge to the Queen’s usual festive celebrations.

For the past 33 years, the monarch has traveled to Sandringham for the holidays, hosting close family members, after the extended family Christmas party at Buckingham Palace in December.

But this year it is believed that the Queen will not travel to Norfolk and will instead spend the holidays in Windsor, where she is currently isolating with Prince Philip, 99, after there was a revolt among the estate workers for refusing to leave. go into quarantine. of their own families.

Boris Johnson has since confirmed plans that only three households will be able to mix from Dec. 23-27, and warned families to make “ personal judgment ” about Covid-19’s risks to vulnerable loved ones in the formation of a Christmas bubble.

The news could prove to be a logistical nightmare for the Queen, who is regularly joined by a host of family members during the festive season, including her children Prince Charles, 71, Princess Anne, 70, Prince Andrew, 60, and Prince Edward, 56, a host of grandchildren, Prince William, 38, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips, and their partners and families.

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