Revealed: Is this what Princess Anne used to feed her children Zara and Peter when they were younger?

The lid has been lifted on what food the Princess Royal used to serve up for dinner...

Zara Tindall and her mum Princess Anne
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When it comes to the Royal family, they're like most parents with the choice of food they give their children.

Princess Anne was partial to serving up pies and choc ices to dinner guests, it's been revealed.

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According to a background piece on the Princess Royal on MailOnline, the Princess serves her dinner guests pork pies or ‘anything by Fray Bentos’, along with boiled potatoes and either peas or green beans, whichever she can defrost quickest. She used to serve starters, too, but now regards them as a waste of time. She explained, ‘After all, one wants everyone out of the house by 9.15pm at the latest. For pudding, I pass them a choc ice to eat in the car.’

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And if you're wondering why, it's apparently because she distrusts fancy talk and fancy food.

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Among those famous faces who have regularly dined are Alan Titchmarsh, Sir Bernard Ingham, Ann Widdecombe and Geoffrey Boycott.

It's also been revealed that to celebrate turning 70 next month, the Princess Royal is expected to celebrate the milestone birthday with a glass of barley water and a modest cake from the Mr Kipling range.

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But will there be candles on the cake on August 15? Princess Anne once said, 'I can never see the point of candles. Why bother lighting them if you’re just going to blow them out?’

Unlikely then.

Selina Maycock
Senior Entertainment Writer

Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 14 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently looks after all things Entertainment for, Woman&Home, and My Imperfect Life. Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.