5. Fruit Out of Season

Fruit

To ensure that fruit is at its peak freshness and not genetically altered, Her Royal Highness eats fruit only in season. Furthermore, she declines to pick up a piece of whole fruit and munch it from her hand. Word has it that the queen cuts open and slices her banana with a knife before consuming the fruit with a fork. It takes effort to maintain one’s dignity, after all.

4. Sugary Tea

Coffee, Tea, Frappé

Queen Elizabeth enjoys a morning pot of Earl Grey tea, according to BT. While she does take milk with her tea, she skips the sugar. This isn’t to say that Her Majesty doesn’t have a sweet tooth. The article goes on to say the queen enjoys Dundee cake at high tea time. This cake contains marmalade, almonds, dried, fruit, and cherries. Chef McGrady reports that another one of the queen’s favorite cakes is the chocolate biscuit cake. In fact, McGrady says Her Majesty would have this cake sent along on her travels so she could finish the entire dessert.

3. Onions

Onions

Like garlic, onions are a no-no at royal gatherings. Again, the Queen appears to be fastidious about maintaining fresh breath. This seems wise for someone whose schedule is jam-packed with meetings with various officials, ambassadors, chiefs of states, bishops, ministers, presidents, and more. While she doesn’t eat onions, Chef McGrady reports that the queen is fond of other vegetables. She usually enjoys two types of veggies along with a piece of fish or chicken for her lunch.

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2. Shellfish

Seafood

While Queen Elizabeth does enjoy fish, she avoids shellfish. Travel+Leisure reports this may be in an effort to prevent the ravages and schedule interruptions caused by foodborne illness. Therefore, if you are invited to dine at the palace, you should not expect to enjoy lobster, crab legs, mussels, or oysters. However, you may find goodies such as the ones experienced at the Singapore State Banquet. The Royal Collection Trust menu lists fillets of Dover sole, salmon mousse, Sandringham Estate pheasant, and crushed root vegetables, followed by chocolate and praline ice cream and seasonal fruit.

1. Tomato Sauces

Tomatoe Sauce

You may have experienced slurping your spaghetti and ending up with a permanent tomato stain on your shirt. If so, you can understand why Queen Elizabeth declines tomato sauces. A BBC news article, reports that while the queen was visiting the Italian president in 2000, chefs were told to refrain from serving “long pastas and ‘messy’ tomato sauces.” Good advice for when you are eating out with important business associates who you wouldn’t want to face with a big, red tomato splotch on your front.

Related: 20 Foods Everyone Over 40 Should Avoid Eating
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