Weird rules royals have to follow for dinner parties

Those unfamiliar with royal dinner protocol could assume royal family favors in a wide variety of dishes for their meals. However, according to Marie Claire, there is a set menu in place. Former royal chef Darren McGrady said at Buckingham Palace meal planning was a must, and Queen Elizabeth II was usually given a menu book to review and select the dishes she wanted or didn’t want not eat. According to McGrady, his menus were always prepared days in advance and had to be followed “religiously”. Although he said the queen preferred food from their estate like game birds, pheasants and grouse, he also said she absolutely loved anything with dark chocolate.

Still, McGrady noted that garlic was one particular item that was not welcome during meals. “The queen would never have garlic on the menu. She hated the smell of it, she hated the taste of it,” he said. Similarly, an article in Eat This, Not That added that McGrady had previously reported that dinner was usually “something like grilled sole with vegetables and salad”, and also revealed that there is no had “no potatoes, rice or pasta for dinner”.

For traveling royals, the article notes that another big no-no is shellfish – due to the possibility of contracting foodborne illness. However, shellfish aren’t the only food the royal family will avoid on their travels. They also won’t eat rare meats, spicy foods, or drink tap water to avoid getting sick.

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