Now 90 years old, Queen Elizabeth II has enjoyed a reign that is epic in its length and legend. As one of the most powerful women in the world, this royal has access to pretty much anything she wants—and that includes food, too. So is she eating caviar and foie gras every day? (Because we sure would be.) We took a look at her daily diet and discovered seven of her quirky food habits.
1. She Eats Two Breakfasts
Ever skip breakfast because you simply don’t have time? Well, this monarch doesn’t skip breakfast, ever. In fact, she eats it twice! Darren McGrady, former personal chef to the Queen, once told The Telegraph that she starts her day with something basic, usually an Earl Grey tea (no milk or sugar) and biscuits. Later, she'll have a more substantial breakfast, usually cereal with fruit. Sometimes she’ll switch up the cereal with eggs and smoked salmon.
2. She Likes a Cocktail Before Lunch
We really love this lady’s style: Before lunch, the Queen likes to enjoy a daily gin and Dubonnet cocktail. With a little lemon and a lot of ice, please.
3. She's Frugal About This One Food
We're guessing the Queen probably has plenty of money to spend. But when it comes to one luxury food item, she doesn't like to splurge. "She was too frugal to ever order fresh truffles," said McGrady in an interview with The Telegraph. "[She] only really enjoyed them at Christmas when the truffles were sent as a gift." (Note to self: We now know what to get the Queen for Christmas.)
Queen Elizabeth II eats with her hands in the desert with King Hassan during her visit to Morocco on October 27, 1980
4. She Really Does Have Afternoon Tea Every Day
It's not just a British cliché: the Queen does make time for a proper afternoon tea each day. Along with classic Earl Grey tea, it often features scones, honey and cream sponge cake, chocolate pie, or chocolate biscuit cake, plus at least two kinds of savory finger sandwiches (smoked salmon, egg and mayo, cucumber) with the crusts cut off. We’d expect no less from her.
5. She Sometimes Goes Paleo
While the Queen is not on a low-carb diet, she avoids starches when dining alone. "No starch is the rule,” said McGrady. "No potatoes, rice or pasta for dinner. Just usually something like grilled sole with vegetables and salad."
6. She Likes Her Meat Well-Done
For dinner, she'll opt for salmon, pheasant, beef, or venison. And like a proper Brit, she enjoys a good Sunday roast—but only if the meat is cooked well-done. (Hmm, reminds us of another powerful political figure.)
7. She Loves a Good Nightcap
It’s all about the little things: Aside from her mid-day gin cocktail, the Queen also enjoys a nightly treat of champagne pre-bed. Cheers to that!
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