‘She puts on the Marigolds and when she goes out to the log cabin at Balmoral she is stood there with her Marigolds on’ (Picture: Getty)
A former royal butler has come clean on the Royal Family’s household chores, revealing that the Queen loves washing up.
Paul Burrell claims that the monarch enjoys putting on rubber gloves and doing the dishes and says she eats ‘tiny portions’ to stay in shape.
The former personal footman to Her Majesty suggests that she particularly likes doing the chores when in Balmoral.
Mr Burrell, who went on to become Princess Diana’s butler, said: ‘She (The Queen) does like to go on picnics but the food is all prepared. She likes to wash up. She puts on the Marigolds and when she goes out to the log cabin at Balmoral she is stood there with her Marigolds on and she washes up and the lady in waiting dries.
‘She likes to get her hands wet in the sink, that’s something she does.’
Mr Burrell, who entered the Royal Service aged just 18, said the Queen stays in shape by only ever eating ‘tiny portions of food’.
Speaking to Vicky Pattison on her The Secret to podcast, he explained: ‘She only ever eats very little portions. She doesn’t eat a Christmas dinner like we do where it is piled high and you can’t see each other across the table.
‘She doesn’t eat like that. She only eats tiny little portions.
Queen Elizabeth doesn’t mind donning gloves and getting stuck in, a royal butler has claimed (Picture: PA)
‘If you say anything about the Queen I think the most important thing to say is she has something which the rest of them don’t have – she has great self discipline.’
Burrell entered Royal Service as a Buckingham Palace footman, becoming the Queen’s personal footman a year later.
He was awarded the Royal Victorian Medal in November 1997 for services to the Royal Family.
Buckingham Palace declined to comment when asked by Metro.co.uk about the Queen’s washing up habits.
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