What does the Queen eat?

September 9, 2015 9:52 am Published by

Queen Elizabeth II becomes Britain’s longest-reigning monarch later when she passes the record set by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria.
The Queen will have reigned for 63 years and seven months but what does the Queen like to eat?
Darren McGrady, a former royal chef gives us a glimpse into the normal diet of the Queen when she is not banqueting.

He reveals that Her Majesty eats four modest meals a day, hates potatoes, loves jam pennies, and rounds off the day with a gin and Dubonnet.

For breakfast she likes Cornflakes or Special K, with a spoonful or two of apricots, prunes or some macadamia nuts from a Tupperware box, or, when at Balmoral, woodland strawberries.

Sometimes she will have a boiled egg, or just toast and marmalade, with Darjeeling tea.

A typical lunch, served at 1pm, would be fish, such as a grilled Dover sole, on ed of wilted spinach or with courgettes.

Then there would be afternoon tea of cakes, scones and sandwiches.

At least two varieties of sandwich were offered, such as cucumber, smoked salmon, egg mayonnaise, ham and mustard. The crusts cut off.

She also had her favourite jam pennies, tiny raspberry jam sandwiches cut into circles the size of an old English penny and washed down with Earl Grey tea.

In the evening “she’d normally have a gin and Dubonnet; one part gin and two parts Dubonnet,” revealed Mr McGrady to the Times.

Then for dinner there would be game or fish such as pheasant from Sandringham or venison or salmon from Balmoral.

For pudding, fresh fruit, particularly the white peaches grown in greenhouses at Windsor Castle.
She was so partial to these that she would have them sent up to her when she was at Balmoral.
“She didn’t always eat everything,” Mr McGrady said.
“She’d maybe have one or two tiny sandwiches, and sometimes the scones she’d actually just crumble on the carpet for the dogs to eat.”
But the chef that the Queen hated waste and was “very thrifty”- and once sent back a lemon used as garnish saying it could be used again by the kitchen.

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