Kate Middleton Gave the Queen This Homemade Gift at Her First Royal Christmas: 'I Was Worried'
Phil Noble / WPA Pool / Getty Kate Middleton and Queen Elizabeth in 2012
Finding the perfect Christmas present for your in-laws can be nerve-wracking - especially when that family member is Queen Elizabeth!
Kate Middleton felt pressure to find a suitable gift for the monarch ahead of her first Christmas with the royal family in 2011 after her wedding to Prince William.
“I can remember my first time in Sandringham at Christmas. And I was worried about what to give the Queen as a Christmas present, ”Kate revealed in the ITV Special Our Queen at Ninety 2016.
"I thought, 'Gosh, what should I give her? “I thought back to what I would give my own grandparents. And I thought, 'I'm going to make her something.' Which could go terribly wrong,” said Kate, adding, “But I decided to make the chutney recipe to make my grandma. "
And to Kate's surprise, the chutney was well received.
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"I was a little concerned about it, but I noticed it was on the table the next day," she explained. "I think such a simple gesture got me so much, and I've noticed she has done that many times, and I think she just shows her thoughtfulness and diligence in looking after everyone."
Mark Cuthbert / UK Press / Getty Queen Elizabeth and Kate Middleton in 2019
So what's in the Middleton family chutney? According to Celebrate, the 2012 cookbook and entertaining guide written by Kate's sister Pippa Middleton, the recipe contains traits, apples, onions, and “pulp” - that's zucchini to Americans.
The condiment called "Grandma's Marrow Chutney" in Pippa's book involves cooking 4 pounds. Zucchini with a mixture of raisins, onions, brown sugar, malt vinegar and other spices for two hours.
Kate has spent a lot of time with her three children - Prince George, 7, Princess Charlotte, 5, and Prince Louis, 2 - this year as they have been banned regularly due to the pandemic.
Max Mumby / Indigo / Getty Kate Middleton, Prince William, Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte and Prince George
"The kids attacked the kitchen and it was just an explosion of flour and chocolate everywhere," William said during a visit to a local family-owned bakery in June. The family also baked cupcakes for veterans in the fall.
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"My kids have bottomless pits," said Kate. "I feel like a constant feeding machine."
The Cambridge family will be spending the holiday season at their Norfolk country house, Anm Hall, after the Queen canceled the annual royal family gathering at their Sandringham estate due to the COVID-19 crisis.
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