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For her first Christmas as a member of the British royal family, Kate Middleton — now the Duchess of Cambridge — was understandably stressed about what to get for her new grandmother-in-law, the Queen of England.
In an interview for the upcoming documentary, “Our Queen at Ninety,” which coincides with Queen Elizabeth’s birthday in April, Middleton spoke about the nerve-wracking decision.
“I was thinking, ‘Gosh, what should I give her? And I thought back to what would I give my own grandparents,” the Duchess said. “And I thought, ‘I’ll make her something’, which could have gone horribly wrong. But I decided to make my granny’s recipe of chutney” — a spicy condiment usually made with fruits and vinegar, originally from India.
The next day, she was relieved to find the jar of chutney included on the Queen’s extravagant Christmas table. “I was slightly worried about it but I noticed the next day that it was on the table,” Middleton said. I think such a simple gesture went such a long way for me and I’ve noticed since she’s done that on lots of occasions. I think it just shows her thoughtfulness, really, and her care in looking after everybody.”
The Duchess has yet to share her grandmother’s chutney recipe publically, but perhaps her sister Pippa will include it in another cookbook.