What Foods Does Queen Elizabeth II Refuse to Eat and Why?

Queen Elizabeth II is pretty particular about what she eats as there are certain foods that she absolutely refuses to consume. This information comes courtesy of former palace chef, Darren McGrady, who is sharing which foods Her Majesty will not touch and why.

Read on to find out what foods are not fit for a queen.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II looks at homemade scones
Queen Elizabeth II | Sharon Smith/AFP/Getty Images

McGrady spoke to Reader’s Digest about the royal’s eating habits and revealed that the queen of England isn’t much of a foodie saying she simply “eats to live.” He added that it’s quite the opposite for her husband, Prince Philip, who  “lives to eat” and is actually a very good cook. McGrady didn’t mention if HM cooked at all but he did explain why she will not touch the following foods.

Potatoes and Pasta

Queen Elizabeth does not eat starches so that means no potatoes or pasta. The only time you’d ever catch these on her plate is at a special dinner party.

Her Majesty usually eats healthy and instead of starchy products she would rather have grilled fish or chicken, fresh vegetables, and a salad.


McGrady also revealed that Queen Elizabeth has a rule that no royal, including herself, is permitted to eat garlic. This is something Prince Harry’s wife, Meghan Markle, enjoyed but had to give up when she joined the family.

“We can never serve anything with garlic or too much onions. The queen would never have garlic on the menu,” McGrady said. The rule is believed to be in place to prevent the royals from having bad breath when they meet and greet their visitors or members of the public.

Bread with crust

A woman carries sandwiches and cakes during a Garden Party Queen Elizabeth is hosting at Buckingham Palace
Queen Elizabeth II’s Garden Party At Buckingham Palace | Anthony Devlin-WPA Pool/Getty Images

The queen doesn’t mess around when it comes to her sandwiches and must be served bread with the crust on the edges cut off.

“A chef told me off for serving the sandwiches with crusts,” former royal chef Owen Hodgson told The Telegraph. “He then showed me how to make the perfect tuna sandwich: cutting the loaf lengthways, buttering both sides, adding the tuna-mayonnaise mixture and thinly sliced cucumber, with a crack of pepper. He then folded over the two lengths, removed the crusts and cut eight identical triangles. The palace kitchen was all about the detail.”

Rare meat

This one is somewhat surprising since many people would probably guess that Her Majesty likes her steak rare or medium but she doesn’t like either. According to McGrady, she prefers her meat well done.


Finally, the queen does love fresh fruit such as strawberries, but only when they are in season.

“You can send strawberries every day to the queen during summer at Balmoral and she’ll never say a word,” McGrady explained.“Try including strawberries on the menu in January and she’ll scrub out the line and say don’t dare send me genetically modified strawberries.”

Read more: Does Queen Elizabeth II Drink?

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