Prince Philip will celebrate his 99th birthday on June 10 and is the third longest-living member of the Royal Family to have ever lived. A former footman and a royal chef have lifted the lid on Duke’s diet secrets and shared his favourite foods.
Since retiring from royal life Philip has been mainly based at Wood Farm in Norfolk where he enjoys going for long walks around the Sandringham Estate.
Until recently the Duke was an avid carriage driver, a sport which requires a serious physical strength.
In his younger years, Prince Philip was an avid fan of country sports as are much of the Royal Family.
He enjoyed nothing more than going hunting, shooting and fishing on the Queen’s rural estates and it seems these hobbies informed his palette too.
Former royal footman Charles Oliver has detailed what the Duke most likes to cook in his book Dinner at Buckingham Palace and according to Mr Oliver Philip was a dab hand in the kitchen.
He wrote: “Breakfast and supper snacks are his specialities.
“Wherever he goes, he insists on his electric glass-lidded frying pan being packed so that he can do the cooking.
“For breakfast, bacon, eggs and sausages are his usual raw materials, though he often cooks kidneys and omelettes.”
He said: “He actually cooked on the grill that night – he cooked for me!
“There was I, his chef, I mean, what was I supposed to do, go out and do royal engagements while he was doing my job in the kitchen?”
According to Mr McGrady, Philip’s favourite dishes involved grilled meats and he often cooks game on the grill when the Royal Family summer at Balmoral.
He said he ”cooks on the grill maybe three, four, five times a week.”
Among Philip’s favourite dishes are salmon coulibiac and mushrooms a la creme.