6. Did Edward really make roast beef and vegetables a classic English dish? Some believe he did
According to some social historians, it was Prince Edward who helped make roast beef and vegetables a staple of the Great British menu. Certainly, as Prince of Wales, he loved routine and enjoyed his roast dinner every Sunday and every holiday almost without fail. Indeed, when on a royal visit to India for Christmas 1875, the 34-year-old Prince ordered his boat’s chefs to serve up a roast beef banquet. The crew of the HMS Serapis not only did their duty, they also decorated the ship’s decks with fake snow, much to Edward’s delight.