Watch Dr Annie Gray on the BBC's Royal Recipes
Calling all foodies! There's a brilliant show on the BBC at the moment exploring royal-themed food. Presented by Michael Beurk, with appearances from chefs and food historians, Royal Recipes celebrates dishes served from the time of George IV to the reign of Elizabeth II.
Annie Gray, author of the forthcoming The Greedy Queen and historian, cook, broadcaster and writer, appears on the show a number of times (try 'Childhood' and 'India and Empire'. The Greedy Queen is a lively and fascinating insight into the eating habits of Queen Victoria, known as 'the greedy Queen.'
Born in May 1819, Victoria came 'as plump as a partridge'. In her early years she lived on milk and bread under the Kensington system; in her old age she suffered constant indigestion yet continued to over-eat. From intimate breakfasts with the King of France, to romping at tea-parties with her children, and from state balls to her last sip of milk, her life is examined through what she ate, when and with whom. In the royal household, Victoria was surrounded by ladies-in-waiting, secretaries, dressers and coachmen, but below stairs there was another category of servant: her cooks. More fundamental, and yet at the same time more completely hidden, they are now uncovered in their working environment for the first time.
Voracious and adventurous in her tastes, Queen Victoria was head of state during a revolution in how we ate - from the highest tables to the most humble. Bursting with original research, A Greedy Queen considers Britain's most iconic monarch from a new perspective, telling the story of British food along the way.
The Greedy Queen comes out on 18th May. Download the press release for more information.