The Queen's SEVEN surprising dining rules that will blow minds from crust-free sarnies to banana cutlery

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9 Feb 2022, 11:51

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We didn't really think Her Majesty would be a Greggs Steak Bake kinda lady, but these culinary rules are rather riveting.

A fan of traditional food and 'simple British cuisine', her dining schedule is thought to consist of pre-planned menus written in French, yes, French. Fortunately, she's fluent in the language.

Here's what former royal chefs have said about the Queen's dietary requirements...

Garlic is a big NO

When you're talking closely to that many people, you don't want to be stinking of garlic and it's a well-known fact Royals never eat it. Her Majesty doesn't like the taste and it's an ingredient 'no-no' revealed by The Duchess of Cornwall recently on MasterChef Australia.

Camilla joked: "You always have to lay off the garlic."

No starches at dinner

It's not just celebs who stick to low-carb diets. HM Elizabeth prefers limited-carb dinners and according to insiders never eats starches while dining alone (so wave a Royal goodbye to pasta, spuds and rice).

Eating out of plastic containers

A fan of fresh fruit, HM is not adverse from using a humble food container.

Former royal chef Darren McGrady previously told Marie Claire: "People always say, 'Oh, the Queen must eat off gold plates with gold knives and forks.' Yes, sometimes… but at Balmoral she’d eat fruit from a plastic yellow Tupperware container."

No crusts on sandwiches

Nobody likes the crusts really. Apparently the Queen is partial to a tuna mayo and cucumber sarnie - but it has to be sans crusts. Former royal chef, Owen Hodgson, told The Telegraph: "A chef told me off for serving the sandwiches with crusts."

Eating bananas with a knife and fork

This is bananas. The Queen is thought to like to eat the fruit with cutlery so as not to 'look like a monkey' at the dinner table.

According to insiders, she slices up the fruit and enjoys eating it with a knife and fork. Better still, how about mashed up with a spoon?

Let her eat cake

It's thought HM likes a bit of chocolate biscuit cake and allows herself a small treat every day which means the cake tin is never too far away.

"I used to travel on the train from London to Windsor Castle with the biscuit cake in a tin on my knee. It was half eaten," former royal chef Darren McGrady told The Huffington Post.

Dining rules

If you're lucky enough to be eating with the Queen, you'd better keep your eyes peeled. If the monarch stops eating, everyone else follows suit and must put their knives and forks down too.

We wonder if the same applies if she needs the lavatory...