The Royal Family have eaten in some of the best restaurants and sampled food from some of the world’s finest chefs. Given that the Queen was raised in various castles and palaces and has travelled to over 120 countries in her 70-year reign, it is very likely that she is quite the connoisseur everything to do with fine dining.
And with that considerable experience comes several rules that have been introduced for either health and safety reasons or because of personal preferences. From keeping away from certain delicacies when out on engagements because they pose a threat to avoiding messy foods, there are a handful of rules that royals, such as The Queen, must follow.
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.
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There are many foods that the Queen steers clear of, whether it is for health reasons or to avoid risks while out and about.
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.”
While Catherine typically follows the rule of avoiding starch-heavy meals, she admitted that her and Princess Charlotte have broken this rule on numerous occasions.
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.
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