Queen Elizabeth II hasn’t properly celebrated Easter with her loved ones in two years – and this year will be unlike any other as it will also be the first Easter weekend since Prince Philip’s death
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The Queen may be looking forward to Easter weekend after being unable to spend it with members of the royal family for the past two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
It will also be the first Easter the Queen will spend without her late husband Prince Philip – who died five days into last year’s bank holiday.
While it remains unclear how Her Majesty will spend the long weekend, in ‘normal’ times Windsor Castle would be buzzing with energy if the family got together.
In recent years, the 95-year-old monarch has invited her loved ones to the palace for a long weekend, where they can spend time together, go to church and enjoy lots of good food.
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Former royal chef Darren McGrady has previously revealed some secrets from his time cooking Easter dinner for the Queen and her relatives.
Mealtimes are a big deal at the Castle over the Easter weekend and they enjoy many delicious meals.
On Friday evenings they enjoy a traditional fish dinner that always goes down like a treat.
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After church on Sunday, the family sits down for a four-course roast dinner.
Darren said OK! Magazine: “We would go straight to the main course – a traditional roast lamb with seasonal vegetables.
“The Queen likes her meat well done, so she always has the first two slices.
“They also had a composite salad that was served in a kidney dish on the plate — just some lettuce and cucumber with some mint or grated carrot and cilantro.”
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The royal family also eat their cheese for lunch rather than dinner, with the Queen being particularly fond of fresh Windsor cheese, specially made at Windsor Dairy.
Darren said: “The incredibly sweet white Windsor peaches also grew on the estate in my day.
“We had to lock them away in the kitchen because everyone wanted to taste them.
“The Queen always looked forward to it, but she had to wait until they were in season.”
The Queen’s plans to celebrate this year have not been announced, but Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are unlikely to make the trip.
However, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will travel to Holland for the Invictus Games just after the Easter weekend.
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