Most of us assume the Queen’s eating habits must be extravagant. I’m thinking imported caviar and complicated five-star dishes served on only the most extravagant of gold and silver plates. In reality, that couldn’t be further from the truth!
The queen is actually quite frugal and health conscious, which shouldn’t be surprising considering she’s 91 years old! So how does she keep herself in top form? Check out the list below to see the Queen’s top 11 foods:
This one’s a no-brainer. The Queen is British, after all, and everyone knows British people pretty much drink tea all day long. The Queen likes a piping hot cuppa each morning, usually Earl Grey or Darjeeling, with a selection of biscuits and cookies on the side.
To start her day, the Queen usually opts for a simple bowl of cereal. Yes, that’s right, you and the queen are probably eating the same thing each morning. However, she doesn’t go for Fruit Loops or Cocoa Pebbles, but instead thoroughly enjoys a nice bowl of Special K.
The Queen loves her Special K so much that she’s even gone as far as giving Kellogg’s, the company that makes the cereal, a Royal Warrant, which makes them an official provider of goods to the Royal Court.
Check out the video below to find out about a restaurant hidden away in rural Maine that specializes in following Queen Victoria’s exact and very particular dining rules:
3. Scrambled Eggs
Everyone likes a nice scramble now and then, and that includes the Queen. When she tires of her Special K, she’ll opt for some scrambled eggs, occasionally with some smoked salmon or fresh truffles.
“She was too frugal to ever order fresh truffles,” Darren Grady, a former Royal chef revealed. “She only really enjoyed them at Christmas when the truffles were sent as a gift.”
The Queen hasn’t become the longest reigning British monarch by eating junk food. In fact, she’s a bit of a health nut and rather than indulging a sweet tooth with candy, she reaches for fruit instead.
While the Queen enjoys all sorts of berries, such as the gooseberries and raspberries that grow at Balmoral Castle, which a sort of Royal Vacation home in Scotland, the Queen’s favorite fruit is the strawberry.
The next food item the Queen likes to share…
The Queen always eats her veggies, though sometimes she likes to share them with her horses! She’s very particular about carrots, requesting that they are peeled, trimmed, tops removed, and cut in half lengthwise.
“Don’t ever cut them any shorter than that,” the Queen’s head chef claims. “Or she will blame us when the horse bites her fingers!”
Afternoon tea is a must for the Queen at it is served daily around 5 pm. Her tea is always brought out with a plate of either plain or fruit scones, but apparently, McGrady thinks she may not actually like scones at all since he rarely saw her eat one.
“Instead, at the end of her daily tea, the Queen would take a scone and crumble it on the floor for the corgis,” McGrady wrote in his book Eating Royally. “It seems the dogs quite liked them.”
The Queen also receives a selection of sandwiches with her tea, which can range from cucumber, salmon, egg with mayonnaise, tuna, or ham and mustard. The presentation is particularly important here because the edges of the sandwiches must always be trimmed off.
“I remember early on in my career I asked a fellow chef why it was necessary to trim corners off of tea sandwiches. I was told to never cut a square or a rectangle. It looked too much like a coffin and it meant you wished the Queen ill,” McGrady explained.
8. “Jam Pennies”
Along with her usual selection of sandwiches, the Queen may ask for a sweet “jam penny”, which is a small raspberry jam filled sandwich, cut to the size of an English penny.
They are rather nostalgic for the Queen because, as a child, she and her sister, Princess Margaret, would have had these as a treat while growing up.
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As for her protein, the Queen likes to keep things healthy, often opting for grilled fish. Her favorite is grilled Dover sole with a side of wilted spinach or zucchini.
“That’s all she has. She’s very disciplined like that,” McGrady told CNN. “She could have anything she wanted, but it is that discipline that keeps her so well and so healthy.”
When not eating fish, the Queen likes to eat local and is very devoted to the game caught on the Royal grounds. That means when special occasions roll around, often pheasant is the meat of choice on the carvery menu.
11. Chocolate Cake
Everyone has a guilty pleasure and the Queen is no exception. While she rarely indulges in anything unhealthy, she does enjoy a slice of chocolate cake from time to time.
I’d sure love to have a slice of Royal chocolate cake! While the current Queen’s food choices may not be all that exciting, Queen Victoria was quite a bit more extravagant and if you’d like to sample what she feasted on then you’re in luck!