THE RECORD RUN TO THE ROYAL TABLE
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