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Foods that the Royals simply won't eat

Queen Elizabeth is no 'princess and the pea'-style monarch, but she has a few particularities (apparently)

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When you're the Queen, you're allowed to be a bit fussy. Unsurprisingly, our monarch has a few particularities, some of which make more sense than others. Here are some foods that it's strongly rumoured the Queen doesn't go near.


The Queen has to do her fair share of meet-and-greets. When you're shaking the number of hands she does, you can't be letting the side down with bad breath. That's why garlic is banned not just from her meals, but from all the meals served to Royals.

Camilla Parker Bowles let this one slip in an interview. When asked what the Royals won't eat, she said, "I hate to say this, but garlic. Garlic is a no-no".

This is a crying shame; garlic makes more or less everything taste better. Everything savoury, at least. Imagine going your whole life without eating it! I think this shows that, in many ways, the Royals live somewhat deprived lives. Don't you agree?

Out-of-season fruit and veg

Former Royal chef Darren McGrady told RecipesPlus, 'You can send strawberries every day to the Queen during summer at Balmoral and she'll never say a word. 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". That says it all, really.

Rare meat

The Queen is not a fan of pink, bloody meat. Apparently, when it's carving time at Easter, she has the outer parts of the meat to ensure it's cooked fully. Darren McGrady told OK magazine, "The Queen likes her meat well-done so she'd always have the first two slices."


This one is to ensure the Royals don't get ill. Since it's difficult to ensure absolute safety with shellfish, the Royals choose to avoid it.


I know what you're thinking; how can this be true, given Queen Elizabeth's curly locks? But trust me, when the Queen has her favourite tuna mayo sarnies, she has the crusts cut off.

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