Princess Michael of Kent refused to try a Chelsea bun – while judging the World Chelsea Bun Awards.
The royal, 78, who is married to Prince Micheal of Kent, a first cousin of the late Queen, stepped in to help out at the awards in Partridges, who supply groceries to the royal family.
Princess Michael’s daughter-in-law, Lady Sophie Windsor, was suppose to be judging the awards but had a diary conflict and asked her mother-in-law to step in, Channel 5’s The Royal Borough: Kensington & Chelsea will show.
But royal wires appeared to get crossed, with Princess Michael unaware she would have to eat anything while judging a baking competition.
‘I wasn’t told by my daughter-in-law, when she said “help me out with is wonderful children’s charity” that I was going to do a taste. Because I’m not going to taste,’ she said.
Image conscious Princess Michael has kept trim well into her eighth decade and has previously said she avoids food with cream.
Speaking to the Guardian in 2007 she prefers English food to French because she is ‘very health conscious’ and French food has ‘too much cream’.
But she added there is ‘too much salt and pepper’ in British cuisine. She said that if she skips lunch she ‘eats jelly’ because it is ‘filling and not fattening’.
She then decided to judge the buns by eyesight only – before observing how the other judges had a lot to eat.
‘I supposed the judges have to have a jolly good bite of each bun,’ she added.
‘I must say the look of them is just splendid, my expert eye goes straight to the biggest thing, they are beautiful,’ she went on.
She noted that the pomegranate buns were ‘attractive’ and the savoury buns were ‘very interesting’.
‘It’s so large, it’s almost a meal,’ she added about another bun, before observing it was ‘very, very, hard to judge’.
Partridges are a St James’ based, family-run grocer that became a favourite of the Queen.
Princess Michael of Kent refused to try a Chelsea bun – while judging the World Chelsea Bun Awards
The royal, 78, who is married to Prince Micheal of Kent, a first cousin of the late Queen, stepped in to help out at the awards in Partridges, who supply groceries to the royal family
In 1991, Partridges received a phone call from the Palace asking to order some products.
At first no one was sure which Palace but fortunately it turned out to be Buckingham Palace.
Partridges leapt at the opportunity and in 1994 was granted the Royal Warrant as Grocers to Her Majesty the Queen
In 2019, they launched the World Chelsea Bun Awards and have hosted it every year since.
Princess Michael’s daughter-in-law, Lady Sophie Windsor, was suppose to be judging the awards but had a diary conflict and asked her mother-in-law to step in, Channel 5’s The Royal Borough: Kensington & Chelsea will show
This year the competition was judged by Princess Michael of Kent and cake Royalty Jane Asher.
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