THE RECORD RUN TO THE ROYAL TA­BLE

Daily Mail Weekend Magazine - - DYNASTIES PART TWO -

Al­though many im­prove­ments have been ef­fected at Buck­ing­ham Palace since Ge­orge VI dubbed it the Ice Box, it is still a most in­con­ve­nient home. Meals have to be taken along hun­dreds of feet of cor­ri­dors and up lifts be­fore they can be set be­fore the Queen. Foot­men com­pete for a record run from kitchen to ta­ble. Ac­cord­ing to be­low- stairs lore, the fastest a foot­man can pro­pel a hot­plate from kitchen to lift is 30 sec­onds, tak­ing a fur­ther 30 sec­onds to go up in the lift and along a fur­ther 50ft of red- car­peted cor­ri­dor.

Staff pre­pare food and drinks at Buck­ing­ham Palace

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