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9 Foods Queen Elizabeth II Would Never, Ever Eat

Finally, we know what isn’t fit for a queen.

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When she’s eating lunch alone, Queen Elizabeth II won’t let herself eat starches, formal Royal chef Darren McGrady tells RecipesPlus. That means no pasta for Her Majesty. Instead, she chows down on a big salad, or grilled fish or chicken with two veggies on the side. Don’t miss her learning about her favorite dishes.

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The Queen doesn’t just resist pasta and bread—she also turns down potatoes because of their starch factor. Learn about the one food the royal family can’t eat when traveling.

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Rare meat

Think a rare steak makes you look sophisticated? The Queen would dare to disagree. Her Highness prefers her meat well done, says McGrady.

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White eggs

While The Queen is all about scrambled eggs—especially with salmon and truffle at Christmas—she would probably turn her nose up at the dozen in your fridge. Her Majesty prefers brown eggs to white because she thinks they taste better, according to The Guardian. Find out what Queen Elizabeth eats for breakfast every day instead of eggs.

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Garlic and onions

Apparently, someone meeting and greeting as often as The Queen doesn’t want particularly pungent breath. Her Majesty won’t eat anything with too much garlic or onions, according to McGrady.

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Bread crusts

Save the bread crusts for the birds. Her Royal Highness prefers the edges to be cut before her tea sandwiches are served. “A chef told me off for serving the sandwiches with crusts,” former Royal chef Owen Hodgson tells The Telegraph. Queen Elizabeth II likes her tuna sandwiches with both sides buttered, a tuna and mayonnaise mix, thin slices of cucumber, and a dash of pepper. Check out the 13 foods Queen Elizabeth II eats every day.

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Out-of-season fruit

Queen Elizabeth II is all about eating with the seasons. That means if nature wouldn’t grow it, she won’t touch it. “You can send strawberries every day to The Queen during summer at Balmoral and she’ll never say a word,” McGrady tells RecipesPlus.“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.”

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Whole banana

A Royal would never stoop so low as to look like a monkey when eating a banana. Queen Elizabeth II doesn’t use her bare hands. Instead, she uses a fork and knife to cut the top and bottom of the banana, then slit the peel to get the fruit out. Next, she cuts the banana into little coins so she can eat it with a fork. On an even weirder note, there’s one type of cake Queen Elizabeth always takes when traveling.

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Sweetened tea

Like any good Englishwoman, Queen Elizabeth II takes her tea (Earl Grey, please) with a spot of milk. But no lumps for her—she prefers it without sugar, according to BT. Don’t miss these other bizarre eating habits of the royal family.

Originally Published on Reader's Digest

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