Royal roast carving job passed from generation to generation – and still held for Queen


    The Grand Carver, employed by the Queen, only has one job within the Royal household – to perfectly slice and serve meat to Her Majesty and the Royal Family during banquets and special occasions. The bizarre role is one of many held at Buckingham Palace – but one with a rich history.

    The post dates back hundreds of years and was of great importance in previous centuries – as a monarch never carved their own meat.

    Although the role is more or less obsolete in this modern era, The Financial Times reported how the Royal Household still “retains the hereditary office of Grand Carver of England”.

    The publication noted: “In the past skilled carvers would serve the monarch slices of meat that were a uniform shape and thickness, and which were still hot.”

    Mark Hix, English chef and restaurateur, added that the role has since become a “forgotten art” in today’s world.

    Sadly for anyone interested in serving Her Majesty, the job is exclusive to one special family.

    The hereditary role has been passed from one generation to another since as early as the 17th century.

    The exclusive job is currently held by Alexander Fielding, the Earl of Denbigh and Desmond.

    The earldom was once considered a hereditary peerage within the House of Lords before being removed in 1999.

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    “The Queen likes her meat well done so she’d always have the first two slices.”

    In a separate interview with Recipes Plus, Mr McGrady added: “We can never serve anything with garlic or too much onions.

    “We also couldn’t serve meat that was rare.”


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