With the royal wedding approaching, there’s been one question circling in our minds: what kind of food is fit for royalty?
You might be imagining grand, sumptuous feasts and bountiful banquets, but as turns out, that’s not the case at all. In fact, you can easily replicate the Queen’s diet at home. Royals – they’re just like us.
The Queen always starts her day in a quintessentially British way: with a good cup of tea. Her tea of choice? Earl Grey served in bone china with milk but no sugar.
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Twinings hold a royal warrant, so keep that in mind next time you pick up your Twinings Earl Grey from Coles and feel extra fancy knowing you’re drinking the same thing as the Queen herself!
She then moves on to breakfast, which is usually one of three things: cereal, toast or eggs.
Her favourite breakfast cereal is Special K, served from a Tupperware container for extra freshness.
When she opts for toast, she prefers it slathered in marmalade. If they’re lucky, sometimes her corgis get a share too.
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For eggs, she favours brown eggs (which she believes tastes better) and enjoys them scrambled. On special occasions, she’ll have them served with smoked salmon and sprinkled with some truffles. Though truffles for breakfast might sound extravagant to us, it’s pretty low-key compared to how her great-grandmother Queen Victoria apparently liked her eggs: boiled, and eaten from a golden cup with a golden spoon.
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It seems a little day-drinking has the royal seal of approval: sometimes, just before lunch, Queen Elizabeth will enjoy a little gin and Dubonnet, garnished with a slice of lemon and topped with lots of ice.
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Her actual lunch is usually a pretty simple affair. Former royal chef Darren McGrady revealed that for lunch, she often takes grilled Dover sole with a side of vegetables – usually wilted spinach or zucchini – or grilled chicken with some salad.
When she’s eating alone, she abides by a no-starch rule. That’s right – no potatoes, no pasta, no rice. If only we could have that kind of discipline too!
Afternoon tea, served at 5pm, comes packed with all of the Queen’s favourite things. She’s a big fan of chocolate, so it’s no surprise that a chocolate perfection pie or a chocolate biscuit cake will often make an appearance. Her other cake favourites are honey and cream sponge cake and Dundee cake.
She takes at least two kinds of (crust-less) finger sandwiches every afternoon, with the options ranging from cucumber to tuna to eggs with mayonnaise.
Scones are central to the classic English afternoon tea, so of course they’re on the menu too. But it seems they might not actually be for the Queen. McGrady says she will often just crumble them up and feed them to her corgis instead.
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The Queen chooses between roast beef, lamb, salmon, grouse or mutton for her main course at dinner. The meat is usually acquired from her own farms at Sandringham or Balmoral.
She ends the week with a Sunday roast made from game caught on her grounds. All her meat must be cooked well done as Her Majesty is not a fan of it rare.
For dessert, she loves fruits grown on her grounds, particularly strawberries from Balmoral and white peaches from Windsor castle. But she’ll only eat seasonal fruits – none of that genetically modified stuff for her!
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According to some sources, she’ll also have a glass of champagne to finish off the day. Now that’s the way we’d like to end our days too.
The Queen doesn’t have to cook any of her food herself, and neither do you when you order from foodora.