The Queen's corgis used to have their own menu, a former chef has said.

Darren McGrady, 58, worked as the Queen's chef for 15 years, and says her dogs would have a 'menu' of dishes to choose from.

Among the items the corgis would have included rabbit, liver and rice, he said.

Darren worked at Buckingham Palace when Her Majesty had 12 corgis, who would sleep in wicker baskets in their own room.

Speaking on his YouTube channel, Darren said: "I didn't expect to be cooking for the Queen's dogs, when I started working at Buckingham Palace.

"The corgi's had their own menu. I thought I was going to be cooking for kings, queens and presidents.

Queen Elizabeth II walking her dogs at Windsor Castle, on April 2, 1994

"I did eventually, but one of the first jobs I had was cooking for the corgis. Making fresh food everyday, their own menu."

He added that two footmen would look after the corgis and take the food to them from the kitchen.

Queen Elizabeth II With Two Of Her Corgis In The Grounds Of Windsor Castle
Queen Elizabeth II with a corgi, 1970

Darren said it was important that everything had to be cut into a fine dice to ensure that there were no bones in the meat.

He described the first time he met the Queen and her dogs, saying he was walking along a river and they would bark at him, so he ran away, which he said made the Queen laugh.

He said the corgis would often run in an out of the kitchen.

Darren McGrady, 58, spent 15 years cooking for the royals

"I remember being in Sandringham and putting a beef wellington into the oven and didn't see one of these corgis sniffing around for food," he said.

"I stepped back and almost tripped over as I was putting the beef wellington into the oven.

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"In the royal kitchens it was like being a normal family, dogs running in and out of the kitchens all the time."

Darren explained the history of corgis in the royal family, explaining that the Queen's had first brought her one called Dookie in 1933.

The Queen no longer has any corgis, he added, but now has two dogs that are a cross between a corgis and a dachshund.