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According to former Royal Chef Darren McGrady, Her Majesty has a particular fondness for traditional Scottish shortbread. The chef also posted a video on YouTube showing how to prepare the recipe.

In the video, Mr. McGrady shows viewers how to present the snack exactly the way the Queen likes it, including a very important secret ingredient.He said: “I used to make shortbread at least once a week at Balmoral and it was always on the afternoon tea menu.

The three usual ingredients for making shortbread include butter, flour, and sugar, but Mr. McGrady reveals a secret ingredient he used for Her Majesty.

He continued, “The royal recipe also includes cornstarch.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip (Image: Getty)

Her Majesty arrived at Balmoral Castle today

Her Majesty arrived at Balmoral Castle today (Image: Getty)

“The cornstarch makes the shortbread softer – it makes it less sticky.

“Instead of cracking, it crumbles and melts in your mouth.

“It’s such an easy dish to prepare, you just have to rub all these ingredients together.”

Balmoral Castle is a 50,000 acre estate and Mr McGrady has revealed that he and other chefs use local ingredients from the land.

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The Queen has arrived at her favorite residence

The Queen has arrived at her favorite residence (Image: Getty)

He added, “It’s a 50,000 acre estate and it’s full of local ingredients and produce – the estate’s venison, the Dee River salmon, everything is so fresh.

“And then to top it off, he has his own vegetable garden that feeds the house while the queen and the family are up there.

Balmoral is considered one of the Queen’s favorite places in the world.

Normally, the Queen spends the whole summer in her Scottish home but her trip has been postponed this year due to the pandemic.

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British royal residences

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While the UK was on lockdown in March, the Queen and Prince Philip stayed at Windsor Castle.

Fears have been raised about Her Majesty’s return to London after her break at Balmoral.

A palace aide said last month: “Buckingham Palace is the Queen’s home during the work week, but the work week has been heavily disrupted.

It came after Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle became the last establishments to make layoffs.

During the lockdown, the couple remained in Windsor

During the lockdown, the couple remained in Windsor (Image: Getty)

All staff at the two royal residences, including tour guides, caterers, office staff and custodians of the royal attractions, continued to receive their full pay despite being closed for 15 weeks.

But the Royal Collection Trust (RCT) has lost around £ 64million in revenue due to the deadly virus.

A spokesperson for the Royal Collection Trust said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has posed by far the biggest challenge for the Royal Collection Trust in the charity’s history.

“The closure to the public has had a very large and serious impact on our finances as we are fully funded by visitor revenue from admissions and related retail sales.

The Queen stayed at Windsor Castle

The Queen stayed at Windsor Castle (Image: Getty)

Buckingham Palace will remain closed as the deadly pandemic destroys the tourism industry.

An insider said at the time: ‘Word is Buckingham Palace isn’t open anytime soon, which has huge implications for staff.

“The Queen plans to spend the summer at Balmoral as usual, but after that it is believed that she will likely return to Windsor Castle.

“What this means for the staff in London is an estimate. A lot of people fear losing their jobs. “


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