Did Queen Elizabeth Ban Prince George’s Favorite Food from the Buckingham Palace Menu?

The royal family is very particular about food. So much so that Queen Elizabeth II has a set of royal food rules that every member must follow (especially when visiting Buckingham Palace and other royal estates occupied by Her Majesty). As a young royal — with a developing palette — Prince George is likely still getting used to some of these royal food rules, including the fact that he and his sister, Princess Charlotte’s favorite food is banned from Buckingham Palace. What is Prince George’s favorite food? Find out, plus why the queen won’t allow it on the menu, ahead.

Prince George

The queen is not a fan of Prince George’s favorite food. | Andrew Milligan – Pool/Getty Images

Prince George’s favorite food

Similar to his sister, Princess Charlotte — who’s favorite food is pasta — Prince George’s favorite food is Italian. Like most kids his age, the young royal loves pizza or pasta for dinner, according to his mother, Kate Middleton. That said, it is likely that the young prince only eats Italian when at home with his mother and father, as his great-grandmother is not a fan of pasta or some of the ingredients that go into making Italian food so flavorful.

Buckingham Palace pasta ban

Former royal chef, Darren McGrady has a perfectly understandable explanation for why Queen Elizabeth II banned her great-grandchildren’s favorite food at Buckingham Palace and other royal abodes. As it turns out, the rule existed long before the young prince and princess came into this world. The reason for the ban has to do with her taste and diet — Her Majesty doesn’t like to eat pasta.

According to McGrady, Queen Elizabeth II thinks certain cards such as pasta, rice, and potatoes are “far too starchy” and had them removed from the palace’s menu a long time ago. That said, she doesn’t always ban pasta from Buckingham Palace. The queen allegedly allows it to sneak on the menu for special occasions, including State Dinners and holiday festivities.

Another food the queen forbids? Garlic. Apparently, Queen Elizabeth II hates garlic and does not warrant royal chefs to cook with the root ingredient. As a key component in Italian flavors, it is likely Buckingham Palace doesn’t serve a lot of the cuisine, which is probably a disappointment to Prince George. Fortunately, his parents are fans of ordering takeout and are known to order a pie every once in a while.

Royal food rules

Everyone — including Prince George and Princess Charlotte (and one day Prince Louis) — must follow the queen’s strict royal food rules. From etiquette to banned foods, here’s a glimpse at what eating at Buckingham Palace is like.

No shellfish

Thanks to a higher risk of food born illness, royals can’t eat dishes that contain shrimp, crab, lobster, and other shellfish.

Finish eating when the queen finishes her meal

Once the queen finishes her meal, everyone must finish eating. As part of the royal family etiquette rules, it is impolite to continue eating after Her Majesty has finished.

Keep an eye on the queen’s purse

Queen Elizabeth’s iconic leather bag has the power to end dinner. Should Her Majesty place her purse on the table, that means dinner must end within five minutes.

Communicate via utensils

Utensils aren’t just for eating. Royal family members use utensils to send signals to staff. Should a royal get up to use the bathroom, they place their knife and fork in a cross to ensure their plate doesn’t get cleared. If they want their plate cleared, they keep their utensils at an angle with the handles on the bottom right of the plate.

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