It’s no secret that the Royals have the best when it comes to food and drink. Over her 70-year reign, the Queen has travelled to some 120 countries and in that time has sampled some of the world’s best cuisine from the world’s best restaurants.
With this, several rules have been implemented in the royal family – whether it’s for health and safety reasons or due to personal preferences. Whether it’s avoiding certain dishes on engagements due to threats, or simply because they’re messy – there are a handful of rules that the royals, including the Queen, must follow MyLondon.
The same goes for other members of her family. While there are many examples of certain royals not paying any heed to these restrictions, it is generally expected that many foods are to be avoided on most occasions. With this being said, it is well-known that The Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte often break one of The Queen’s most important food rules.
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The first food always avoided by the royals is rare meat- particularly when they’re on their travels. Eating rare meat carries many risks, such as E. coli and Salmonella. Next on the list is shellfish. Much like rare meat, eating shellfish can carry many health risks and the royals are advised to avoid it.
Her Majesty is also said to steer clear of foods that contain a high amount of starch, including pasta, rice and potatoes – a rule that The Duchess of Cambridge has chosen to follow too. Former royal chef Darren McGrady said: “The Queen does not care much for pasta and bread and likes to eat meals containing fish or meat and vegetables instead.”
And, even if The Queen does relent on her ‘no starch’ rule, you will certainly not find any tomato sauce-based dishes at on a royal menu. Given that the eyes of the world’s media are on The Queen wherever she goes, the last thing she’s going to want to do is spill “messy” tomato sauce down her dress.
While Kate Middleton follows the rule of avoiding starchy meals, she admitted that she and Princess Charlotte have broken this rule on numerous occasions as they both love pasta. During her visit to Great Ormond Street Hospital in 2018, Catherine chatted young Rafael Chana who was waiting for a heart transplant.
Rafael revealed that he liked olives, to which the Duchess replied: “I used to eat lots and lots of olives when I was little as well.” The young patient then added that he also likes pasta and Kate replied: “Charlotte likes pasta too.”
When the Duchess of Cambridge appears in public at her various engagements, she often speaks about her three young children. While visiting Lavender Primary School, Catherine shared that her children love to help their mum out in the kitchen and enjoy getting their hands messy and working together.
Their speciality is cheesy pasta, which they all have designated jobs in making. “One stirs the flour, one puts the milk and butter in,” Matthew Kleiner-Mann, chief executive of the Ivy Learning Trust, said after a visit to the school in 2019. “She was telling us how much her children love cooking and how they cook for her,” he added.