What the Queen Refuses to Eat (And What She Loves the Most)

She's banned one surprising ingredient from the royal kitchens.


knows what she likes. She only wears one , always carries the same , and famously adores a particular (corgis, of course). So it's no surprise that she's also a stickler when it comes to the royal menu. 

Britain's longest-reigning monarch hates a certain kitchen staple, and sadly it's one that generally makes everything taste better. "At Buckingham Palace you don't cook with garlic," former palace chef John Higgins told the . "I suppose in case you get the royal burp."

Higgins says you can tell when a royal recipe is authentic because it will never include the odorous flavor. Also missing from the menu? Rice, potatoes, and pasta are never served for dinner when the royal is dining on her own. The low-carb rule is part of the Queen's "disciplined" diet, her former personal chef Darren McGrady told the . And when she does have sandwiches, the bread crusts are always cut off. 

Don't worry—Queen Elizabeth still sneaks in some treats. She absolutely loves chocolate, especially chocolate biscuit cake, , and . Other favorites include fresh fruit like mangos, strawberries, and , especially ones grown at . The Queen's not a teetotaler, either—the usual royal nightcap is a . Cheers to that!



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