Updated on June 07, 2022 at 11:04 a.m.
In 2017, The Sun revealed the list of ingredients banned by the royal family and the strange eating habits of the Queen of England. Garlic, seafood, tap water… So many foods that British royalty had to avoid, whether for health or diplomatic reasons. But what about the authorized dishes?
What does Queen Elizabeth II eat?
On the occasion of the Platinum Jubilee, Darren McGrabby, who officiated between 1982 and 1997 as a chef in the service of the Queen and Lady Diana, reissued his book “Eating Royally: Recipes and Remembrances from a Palace Kitchen”, originally published in 2007. Between the favorite recipes and eating habits of the royal family, we learn, for example, that the Queen is fond of chocolate. As for the monarch’s menus, they vary little, but are carefully developed to meet her nutritional needs and approved by Elizabeth II herself. By the way, here is his favorite menu.
Before even getting up, the Queen enjoys a sugar-free and milk-free Earl Gray tea, accompanied by plain or fruit scones. However, it seems she never touches the cookies, instead saving them for her beloved corgis.
She then moves on to a full breakfast including cereal, yogurt and toast with jam.
At noon, Elizabeth II regularly eats sole from Dover, a coastal city in the south-east of England, and spinach. These two foods, which she is fond of, allow her to fill up on essential fatty acids (the famous omega-3s) and vitamin C, in a raw version.
Afternoon tea, chocolate or ginger cake, and savory sandwiches… The monarch is no exception to the tradition of tea time. Small peculiarity, the corners of the sandwiches must always be removed so as not to form a rectangle or a square. In the words of McGrady “it looked too much like a coffin and meant that you wished ill on the Queen”. A rule that the chef has applied to follow during his 15 years of service.
The starter usually consists of a terrine of smoked salmon, trout and mackerel, the Gleneagles pâté. As a main course, game is often on the menu, served with a whiskey sauce and mushrooms. Note the absence of starches, since the Queen avoids them on evenings when she dines alone. The meal finally ends with a chocolate tart or seasonal fruit. Moreover, Elisabeth II is intransigent with seasonality: “we could serve strawberries almost every day during the summer – but woe to any chef who put them on the menu in January.”