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9 Foods Queen Elizabeth II Would Never, Ever Eat

Finally, we know what isn't fit for a queen.


When she’s eating lunch alone, Queen Elizabeth II won’t let herself eat starches, formal Royal chef Darren McGrady tells RecipesPlus. That means no pasta for Her Majesty. Instead, she chows down on a big salad, or grilled fish or chicken with two veggies on the side. Don’t miss these other fascinating facts about Queen Elizabeth II.

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The Queen doesn’t just resist pasta and bread—she also turns down potatoes because of their starch factor.

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Rare meat

Think a rare steak makes you look sophisticated? The Queen would dare to disagree. Her Highness prefers her meat well done, says McGrady. Don’t miss these bizarre eating habits of the royal family.

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White eggs

While The Queen is all about scrambled eggs—especially with salmon and truffle at Christmas—she would probably turn her nose up at the dozen in your fridge. Her Majesty prefers brown eggs to white because she thinks they taste better, according to The Guardian. Here is the food item that Queen Elizabeth ate every day with her afternoon tea.


Garlic and onions

Apparently, someone meeting and greeting as often as The Queen doesn’t want particularly pungent breath. Her Majesty won’t eat anything with too much garlic or onions, according to McGrady.

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Bread crusts

Save the bread crusts for the birds. Her Royal Highness prefers the edges to be cut before her tea sandwiches are served. “A chef told me off for serving the sandwiches with crusts,” former Royal chef Owen Hodgson tells The Telegraph. Queen Elizabeth II likes her tuna sandwiches with both sides buttered, a tuna and mayonnaise mix, thin slices of cucumber, and a dash of pepper.

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Out-of-season fruit

Queen Elizabeth II is all about eating with the seasons. That means if nature wouldn’t grow it, she won’t touch it. “You can send strawberries every day to The Queen during summer at Balmoral and she’ll never say a word,” McGrady tells RecipesPlus.“Try including strawberries on the menu in January and she’ll scrub out the line and say don’t dare send me genetically modified strawberries.”


Whole banana

A Royal would never stoop so low as to look like a monkey when eating a banana. Queen Elizabeth II doesn’t use her bare hands. Instead, she uses a fork and knife to cut the top and bottom of the banana, then slit the peel to get the fruit out. Next, she cuts the banana into little coins so she can eat it with a fork.

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Sweetened tea

Like any good Englishwoman, Queen Elizabeth II takes her tea (Earl Grey, please) with a spot of milk. But no lumps for her—she prefers it without sugar, according to BT. Next, brush up on your royals knowledge with these 50 facts you didn’t know about the British royal family.

Marissa Laliberte
Marissa Laliberte-Simonian is a London-based associate editor with the global promotions team at WebMD’s Medscape.com and was previously a staff writer for Reader's Digest. Her work has also appeared in Business Insider, Parents magazine, CreakyJoints, and the Baltimore Sun. You can find her on Instagram @marissasimonian.