When it comes to her food Queen Elizabeth II isn’t terribly fussy, but she does know what she likes and her staff better know too because no one wants to anger the queen.
It’s not just about what meal the monarch is served but also what comes with her dish of choice. So when she got something unexpected in her food, one chef felt the queen’s wrath.
What Queen Elizabeth did after being served something gross
According to former royal servant Charles Oliver, Queen Elizabeth has a notebook where she keeps tabs on her meals and passes along any feedback from her and some of her guests to the chefs.
“Mostly, the book remains blank, as the queen is not fussy about food,” Oliver wrote in his book Dinner at Buckingham Palace. “However, when she has a guest to an informal lunch and they reveal definite likes and dislikes–such as an objection to fried potatoes or Brussels sprouts–the queen will make a discreet note for future reference. This is duly recorded by the kitchen and remembered, should the guest come again.”
Oliver revealed that one time, his former boss got a disgusting surprise of a dead slug in her salad. The grossed-out queen removed the creature from the salad and laid it on top for the chef to see. She also sent back a note with one pointed question.
“On a torn-off top sheet the footmen found the dead body of a slug,” Oliver said with a note that read: “I found this in the salad–could you eat it?”
Other things she refuses to eat
Aside from small slimy creatures, there are a few other things Queen Elizabeth will not eat.
Her former chef, Darren McGrady, explained that she doesn’t eat starches, so no potatoes or pasta. Instead, she opts for grilled fish or chicken and fresh vegetables.
Garlic is also a big no-no for every royal. The rule is believed to be in place to prevent them from having bad breath when they meet and greet their visitors or members of the public.
“We [could] never serve anything with garlic or too much onion,” McGrady recalled.
The unhealthy food the queen eats every day
The royal family matriarch has a bit of a sweet tooth as there is one dessert she loves and has to have every day.
McGrady said that a selection of cakes are made daily for the monarch and after she takes a slice, the staff can split the leftovers. However, that’s not the case with the chocolate biscuit cake and she would know if one slice was missing.
“The Chocolate Biscuit Cake is the only cake that goes back again and again and again every day until it’s all gone,” he said. “She’ll take a small slice every day until eventually there is only one tiny piece, but you have to send that up, she wants to finish the whole of that cake.”