The 1 Food the Royal Family Never Eats While Traveling

The royal family travels often. As working royals, it is their responsibility to serve the public. It seems that every week, at least one royal is taking a trip away from the United Kingdom. The family has seen every corner of the world and experienced many different cultures. One major part of a culture’s identity? It’s food. But for any working royal, there is one food that is totally off limits while traveling.

Prince William and Kate Middleton
Prince William and Kate Middleton | Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images

The royals have always been very worldly

The royal family exists to serve the people. “Working royals” are members of the family who are paid by the British government to work for public good. This explains why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle recently paid a visit to Southern Africa, followed by Prince William and Kate Middleton spending time in Pakistan. The royals have traveled far and wide to shed light on various movements and charities as well as commend different cultures and countries for their actions. While visiting these places, the royals immerse themselves in other cultures, which includes eating a lot of native foods.

The royal family has interesting food rules

The rules within the royal family are set by the queen. Queen Elizabeth decides how things operate, from major changes such as handing over the throne to minor suggestions, such as what should be on the menu at a family dinner. And to that, there are various rules. The queen does not like for anything to be cooked with garlic, and she never wants pasta to be served at a family dinner. In terms of etiquette, when the queen takes her last bite, everyone else must stop eating. And when she puts her bag on the table, it means that dinner has ended. For the most part, these rules are only in place when the whole family is together. But there is something major that the royals advise whenever anyone travels.

The royals are told to always avoid shellfish while traveling

There are a few royal rules that are encouraged while traveling. One of them is that heirs shouldn’t travel together (however, William tends to break this rule and often flies on the same plane as Prince George if they take a trip together). Another rule is that the royals are encouraged not to eat shellfish when visiting another country. Shellfish are often served raw and tend to pose a higher risk of food poisoning, which could be detrimental to a royal trip. According to Insider, the royals are encouraged not to drink tap water or eat rare meat while visiting other countries, either. Of course, since the royals typically have very busy schedules while visiting countries, food poisoning would be incredibly inconvenient.

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“On Thursday we convened a meeting of minds – a group of women ranging from a legendary anti-apartheid activist, female parliamentarians, professors, educators and policy makers to discuss the rights of women in South Africa. In the lead up to this tour it weighed heavily on my heart to see the countless violations against women, and I wanted to spend my time on the ground learning about the situation at hand. One of the guests, Sophia Williams-De Bruyn was just 18 years old when in 1956 she led 20,000 women to march on the Union Buildings in Pretoria in protest of apartheid pass laws. She is the last living leader of the march, and today, a symbol of those who fight for fundamental human rights – For her it is simple – she fights for what is right. Issues of gender inequality affect women throughout the world, independent of race, color, creed, or socioeconomic background. In the last week I’ve met with women from all walks of life – religious leaders such as the first female rabbi in Capetown, grassroots leaders in Nyanga at Mbokodo, community activists, parliamentarians, and so many more. In sitting down with these forward thinkers, it was abundantly clear – it is not enough to simply hope for a better future; the only way forward is “hope in action.” I’m eager to spend the next few days in South Africa continuing to learn, listen and absorb the resilience and optimism I’ve felt here.“ -Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Sussex

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The family bonds over their favorite foods 

Though the family does have several dinner table rules, they also love to bond over their favorite foods. Kate Middleton once said that she and Prince William love to stay in and order takeout; it’s one of their favorite ways of spending quality time together. The same goes for Kate, William and their children; the family often bonds over making pizzas because it is a fun activity, and they can eat them afterward. Though the royal food rules are a bit strict, they’re meant to ensure that the family always remains safe and healthy while they’re away.