Foods Queen Elizabeth II Eats Every Day


Ross McDairmant Photography/ShutterstockQueen Elizabeth II wouldn’t be very British without waking up to a piping hot pot of freshly brewed Earl Grey tea or Darjeeling with a spot of milk and no sugar, according to BT. Her morning tea is accompanied by a plate of biscuits before she sits down to eat breakfast. (Here’s why you should never call Queen Elizabeth by her name.) 


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You may be surprised to find that Queen Elizabeth II enjoys a normal breakfast just like any other commoner—with a bowl of cereal. Her favorite brand is Special K. That’s right, the Queen gets her cereal from a cardboard box like the rest of us! And she eats her cereal out of a plastic container instead of the million-dollar jeweled bowl you probably envisioned.

Scrambled eggs

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Sometimes, the Queen swaps out her morning cereal for a steaming hot plate of scrambled eggs, preferably brown eggs because she thinks they have a better flavor than white eggs. If she’s feeling a bit extravagant, she may ask for her eggs to be served with smoked salmon and a light grating of fresh truffle. But this added decadence is usually reserved for special occasions only. “She was too frugal to ever order fresh truffles,” Darren McGrady, a former chef for the royal family from 1982 to 1993, told the Telegraph. “She only really enjoyed them at Christmas when the truffles were sent as a gift.” (Don’t miss these nine bizarre eating habits of the royal family!)


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Queen Elizabeth II didn’t become Britain’s longest reigning monarch eating fast food! In fact, she’s quite the health nut. She enjoys eating fresh fruit from her very own backyard. At Balmoral Castle, where she spends her summer holiday (aka “vacation” as it’s known across the pond) in Scotland, you’ll find bountiful raspberry, gooseberry, and strawberry bushes, while her countryside castle, Sandringham, sits on a whopping 70 acres of apples. Her favorite fruits are the strawberries from Balmoral Castle and her sweet white peaches from her greenhouses at Windsor Castle, according to the Telegraph.

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Tim Rooke/ShutterstockIf she’s residing at Balmoral or Sandringham, the Queen may request a midmorning snack of carrots from the kitchen. But the vegetables are not for her, they’re for her horses! And there’s only one way you can prepare them. The carrots must be peeled, trimmed, and topped, sliced lengthwise and in half so each carrot is of equal length. “Don’t ever cut them any shorter than that,” the former head chef told McGrady in his book Eating Royally. “Or she will blame us when the horse bites her fingers!” (Here is the adorable pet name that Prince Philip calls Queen Elizabeth.)


Deadline News/ShutterstockThe Queen never takes her afternoon tea without a plate of freshly baked plain or fruit scones. Ironically, her afternoon tea is scheduled for 5 p.m., which is dinnertime for most of us! The Queen always insisted that the kitchen serve them with her tea, but McGrady suspects she may not actually like scones since she never ate them. “Instead, at the end of her daily tea, the Queen would take a scone and crumble it on the floor for the corgis,” he wrote in Eating Royally. “It seems the dogs quite liked them.”


REX/ShutterstockThe Queen always asks for at least two kinds of sandwiches to go along with her afternoon tea. She has a vast selection to choose from: cucumber, smoked salmon, egg with mayonnaise, ham and mustard, or tuna. The bread is always either whole wheat or white bread, sliced thinly, and cut into squares with the corners cut off similar to an octagon-like shape. “I remember early on in my career I asked a fellow chef why it was necessary to trim corners off of tea sandwiches. I was told to never cut a square or a rectangle,” McGrady wrote in Eating Royally. “It looked too much like a coffin and it meant you wished the Queen ill.” He made sure to never make that mistake during his time working the royal kitchen! (Check out your grocery store to see if you can find some of the royal family’s favorite food items.)

Jam pennies

For a sweet treat at tea, she may ask for her childhood favorite – jam pennies, tiny raspberry jam sandwiches cut into small circles the size of an old English penny. She used to snack on them with her little sister Princess Margaret in the nursery as kids, according to the Telegraph.

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REX/ShutterstockWhen she dines alone, Her Majesty likes to keep it light and simple with a plate of grilled fish and vegetables for lunch and dinner. According to McGrady, her favorite dish is grilled Dover sole with a side of wilted spinach or courgettes (what we call zucchinis across the pond). “That’s all she has. She’s very disciplined like that,” McGrady told CNN. “She could have anything she wanted, but it is that discipline that keeps her so well and so healthy.” These are the nine foods Queen Elizabeth would never, ever eat.


Tim Rooke/ShutterstockA popular first-course meal at Buckingham Palace is Gleneagles pâté, one of the Queen’s favorites for private meals. It’s a decadent combination of three pâtés: smoked salmon, smoked trout, and smoked mackerel, which are layered on smoked salmon fillets and sliced. The lavish dish is served with a side of Melba toast and horseradish crème fraîche, according to McGrady’s recipe from Eating Royally.


Tim Rooke/ShutterstockAnd of course, no week would be complete without a traditional British Sunday roast – a main meal of roasted meat, potatoes, and accompanied by Yorkshire pudding, stuffing, vegetables and gravy. Pheasant, grouse, partridge, beef, or venison, are just a few of the Queen’s favorite meats to splurge on for her Sunday roast. “The royals are devoted to game caught on the grounds,” writes McGrady in Eating Royally. But whatever you do, do not serve it to her rare! She likes her meats cooked all the way through. You’ll often see a well-done end slice of meat on her plate, according to the Telegraph. (This is the one royal tradition Queen Elizabeth breaks once a year.)


REX/ShutterstockAt 91 years old, the monarch still likes to imbibe on the occasional alcoholic beverage here and there. She usually sips on a glass of sweet German wine at dinner. But her favorite alcoholic beverage is a gin and Dubonnet (a sweet wine-based aperitif) with a slice of lemon and ice. “She doesn’t wake up in the morning and have an Elizabeth large gin and tonic,” McGrady told CNN. “Just in the evening sometimes. She certainly doesn’t drink four glasses a day.”

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Chocolate cake

Jane Barlow/ShutterstockDespite her smart eating choices, Queen Elizabeth II does have quite the sweet tooth! A slice of chocolate cake is her guilty pleasure. The Queen will eat a slice at tea time again and again until not one crumb is left. “I have even packed half a cake into ‘Ascot boxes’ to send along with other provisions to Windsor Castle for the queen’s teas during the weekend,” McGrady wrote in Eating Royally. And she always orders her chefs to make her a chocolate ganache sponge cake for her birthday every year. According to the Telegraph, Queen Victoria’s chef concocted the recipe that has now been served at birthdays for the Queen and her family for years! “But it has to be dark chocolate, the darker the better,” McGrady told CNN. “She was never keen on milk chocolate or white chocolate.” Find out if you and the Queen have the same taste in sweets by checking out this list of Queen Elizabeth’s favorite chocolates.

[Sources: The Telegraph, CNN, Eating Royally, BT]

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Exotic Animals Queen Elizabeth Has Received as Gifts

Lots of horses

Shutterstock (2)It’s widely known that 91-year-old Queen Elizabeth loves horses. She started riding at three and hasn’t stopped since. So it’s no surprise that she was presented with five horses to commemorate her 1953 Coronation: an Arab stallion from King Faisal of Iraq, an Arab stallion and an Arab mare from the Imam of Yemen, and two polo ponies from President Perón of Argentina. In the years since, she’s received countless other horses, which have been used as riding horses, carraige horses, and even police horses. 

A few cows

Shutterstock (2)The Royal Jersey Agricultural and Horticultural Society of the Channel Islands has gifted the Queen two cows, one in 1957 and one in 1978. Each cow was sent to the royal dairy herd at Windsor. The herd was originally organized in 1858 to provide the castle household with fresh dairy. Don’t miss these other fascinating facts about Queen Elizabeth

A court of kangaroos

Shutterstock (2)For the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977, the Royal Melbourne Zoological Gardens in Australia sent the monarch six red kangaroos, two Brolga cranes, and one fat-tailed dunnart (a cute little mouse-like marsupial).  They were moved to the Zoological Society of London’s (ZSL) London Zoo for permanent keeping. 

Two black swans

Shutterstock (2)If you thought black swans only existed in the ballet thriller, thank again. The Queen has two of them! President Artur da Costa e Silva of Brazil gave them to Her Majesty in 1976, along with two toco Toucans, two red-billed Toucans, two Ariel toucans, two giant anteaters, one Linne’s two-toed sloth and one giant armadillo. The swans were sent to wetland wildlife reserve WWT Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, and the other animals went to the ZSL London Zoo. Find out the strange reason swans are a symbol of British royalty.

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An elephant

Shutterstock (2)What’s a Queen to do with an elephant? Send him to the ZSL London Zoo, of course. In 1972, the Queen received African forest elephant “Jumbo” from President Ahidjo of Cameroon. According to the Royal Collection, the elephant was flown to Britain and given an in-flight meal of bananas, avocados, and sugar. Upon arrival, he weighed nearly 1,300 lbs. 

Two tortoises

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Did you know an Aldabra tortoise can live up to 250 years? The Queen did—she has two. In 1972, the Government and People of the Seychelles gifted the reptiles to Queen Elizabeth. They now live at the ZSL London Zoo—and probably will for a very long time. 

Two black jaguars

Shutterstock (2)Talk about exotic! In 1968, the Prefect of Brasília sent one sloth and two black jaguars named Marques and Aizita. They went on to live at the ZSL London Zoo. Despite the gifts she receives, however, Queen Elizabeth is actually quite thrifty. Check out these surprisingly frugal habits of the British royal family.

A crocodile

Shutterstock (2)The Queen doesn’t discriminate against large and dangerous reptiles. In 1961, she was given a Nile crocodile named Mansa from the people of Berending on the Zambia River. He was sent to live at the ZSL London Zoo.

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Shutterstock (2)President Tubman of Liberia sent the Queen two pygmy hippopotami in 1961. Basically, they’re mini versions of their larger relatives, the hippopotamus. And by mini, we mean they grow between 4.9 and 5.7 feet. Queen Elizabeth’s pair was sent to the ZSL London Zoo. Don’t miss these other bizarre perks of being in the royal family.

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Remaja NZ cuba bunuh Ratu Elizabeth II

DUNEDIN: Seorang remaja cuba membunuh Ratu Elizabeth II ketika lawatan ahli keluarga diraja itu ke New Zealand.

Christopher Lewis, 17 tahun, melepaskan tembakan ke arah Ratu ketika satu perarakan sempena lawatan baginda ke bandar Dunedin.

Cubaan itu didedahkan Perkhidmatan Perisikan Keselamatan (ISS) New Zealand, menerusi satu dokumen sulit.

Kejadian berkenaan berlaku pada 1981 dan hanya didedahkan baru-baru ini.

Bagaimanapun beberapa bekas anggota polis dan media mengesyaki kejadian itu dirahsiakan.

Media tempatan melaporkan terdengar bunyi tembakan yang ketika kejadian berkenaan, namun diminta mengabaikannya kerana ia didakwa disebabkan papan tanda yang jatuh.

Lewis ditahan sejurus kejadian dan polis menemui senjata jenis rifle serta sisa peluru di dalam bangunan berhadapan acara perarakan yang berlangsung.

“Lewis memang berhasrat membunuh Ratu, tetapi dia tidak mempunyai senjata yang betul dan jarak yang mencukupi untuk melepaskan tembakan yang boleh membunuh Ratu,” menurut dokumen tersebut.

Lewis bagaimanapun tidak didakwa dengan tuduhan cubaan membunuh Ratu, tetapi hanya didakwa atas kesalahan berkaitan senjata api.

Sementara itu memo ditulis SIS selepas Lewis muncul di mahkamah pasca kejadian itu mendedahkan sebahagian besar media mengesyaki dia mempunyai kaitan dengan bunyi tembakan ketika perarakan di bandar itu.

Namun pada ketika itu, siasatan dan pendakwaan dilakukan secara sulit, atas sebab-sebab tertentu.

Dipercayai, kejadian itu dirahsiakan kerana kerajaan bimbang Ratu Elizabeth II akan membatalkan lawatan seterusnya ke negara berkenaan.

Sebelum ini, seorang bekas anggota polis di Dunedin, Tom Lewis membuat pendedahan pada 1997, kerajaan New Zealand merahsiakan cubaan membunuh Ratu.

Berikut adalah video sekitar acara lawatan Ratu Elizabeth II di Dunedin, New Zealand pada 1981  yang dikeluarkan ISS. 

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Pedati diraja teruk mahkota ini boleh buat patah tengkuk – Ratu Elizabeth luah emosi

LONDON: Buat kali pertama membuka cerita tentang upacara kemahkotaan baginda pada 65 tahun lalu, Ratu Elizabeth mendedahkan betapa tidak selesa berada dalam pedati diraja, dan betapa memakai mahkota diraja berisiko ‘patah tengkuk’.

Monarki Britain paling lama yang bertakhta itu telah ditabal sebagai ratu pada 2 Jun 1953 di Westminster Abbey, London, dalam satu istiadat mewah yang membawa tradisi seusang 1,000 tahun.

Reuters melaporkan, dalam satu edisi dokumentari BBC yang bakal ke udara pada Ahad, Ratu Elizabeth bercakap secara berseloroh tentang istiadat tersebut dan mahkota yang membawa peranan simbolik dalam upacara gilang-gemilang berkenaan.

“Teruk,” kata baginda mengenai perjalanan di dalam pedati emas seberat 4 tan dari Istana Buckingham ke Westminster Abbey, iaitu tempat raja-raja monarki Inggeris dimahkotakan sejak tahun 1066.

“Ia hanya berlapik material kulit, sangat tidak selesa,” kata baginda.

Elizabeth, kini 91 tahun, cuma berumur 25 tahun ketika menjadi ratu, setelah kemangkatan ayahandanya George VI pada 1952. Kemahkotaan tersebut berlangsung pada tahun berikutnya.

“Ia suatu permulaan kehidupan seseorang yang berdaulat. Ia seperti satu pertunjukan kesatriaan yang dilakukan mengikut istiadat lama. Saya pernah menyaksikan istiadat seumpamanya (ayahanda baginda pada 1937), dan saya pula dimahkotakan dalam satu istiadat lain. Itu luar biasa,” kata Elizabeth.

Menyingkap memori peribadi baginda, Elizabeth juga mendedahkan betapa baginda bersusah-payah menyarungkan persalinan diraja, yang diperbuat daripada sutera bersulamkan mutiara, serta benag emas dan perak.

“Saya teringat pada satu masa ketika hendak berjalan atas permaidani, saya tidak boleh bergerak langsung!”

Ratu Elizabeth membuka cerita tentang pengalaman baginda dimahkotakan sebagai Ratu. - Reuters

Putera Charles sebelum ini pernah bercerita tentang pengalaman bondanya berlatih memakai Mahkota St. Edward yang seberat 2.2 kilogram tersebut ketika memandikan Charles.

Elizabeth memakai dua mahkota dalam istiadat itu – Mahkota St Edward, dan juga Mahkota Diraja ‘Imperial State’ yang bertatahkan berlian, seperti yang dikenakan ketika ke upacara rasmi seperti pembukaan Parlimen atau ketika membacakan ucapan dasar-dasar negara.

“Anda tidak boleh memandang ke bawah untuk membaca ucapan, anda perlu meninggikan kertas ucapan. Kerana jika anda berbuat demikian, tengkuk boleh patah dan mahkota akan tertanggal.

“Maka, ada beberapa kelemahan jika memakai mahkota. Namun selain daripada itu, ia adalah sesuatu yang penting,” kata Elizabeth tersenyum.

Elizabeth sebelum ini tidak pernah bersetuju untuk membuat temu bual rasmi sepanjang baginda bertakhta. Dalam dokumentari eksklusif BBC itu, baginda menceritakan pengalaman baginda di hadapan pakar istiadat kemahkotaan, Alastair Bruce.

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Setem peringati ulang tahun perkahwinan Ratu Elizabeth mula dijual

LONDON: Setem pos untuk memperingati ulang tahun perkahwinan ke-70, Ratu Elizabeth dan suaminya Putera Philip akan dijual di seluruh Britain pada Isnin, menurut Royal Mail, lapor agensi berita China Xinhua. 

Selain gambar perkahwinan pasangan diraja itu pada 1947 di Westminster Abbey, setem berkenaan juga menampilkan gambar pertunangan serta berbulan madu.

Set setem berkenaan telah menerima kelulusan Istana Buckingham, kata Royal Mail.

Perkahwinan Ratu Elizabeth dan suaminya Putera Philip, ketika itu adalah acara diraja yang pertama selepas tamatnya Perang Dunia II, dengan orang ramai mengunjungi Istana St James untuk melihat pameran sejumlah 2,500 hadiah untuk pasangan tersebut.

Jurucakap Royal Mail, Philip Parker, berkata, “Ulang tahun perkahwinan platinum jarang berlaku, dan untuk keluarga diraja ia merupakan sesuatu yang unik.”

“Kami gembira dapat mengeluarkan enam setem untuk menandakan ulang tahun perkahwinan ke-70 pasangan diraja tersebut,” katanya.

Istana Buckingham mengesahkan Ratu Elizabeth dan suaminya Putera Philip akan meraikan saat indah itu dengan acara peribadi, dan menikmati makan malam bersama keluarga di Windsor Castle pada petang Isnin.

Mulai pukul 1 petang waktu tempatan pada Isnin, loceng di Westminster Abbey akan dibunyikan. 

Ratu Elizabeth dan Putera Philip, merupakan pasangan diraja yang usia perkahwinanan terpanjang dalam sejarah.

Pada musim luruh tahun ini, Putera Philip mengumumkan bersara daripada tugas rasmi sementara Ratu Elizabeth, 91, menjadi raja paling lama memerintah dalam sejarah Britain iaitu selama 65 tahun, dan paling lama hidup.


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Queen Elizabeth appoints 1st woman in 650 years to top job in houses of parliament

LONDON: British Queen Elizabeth II approved Friday the appointment of Sarah Clarke as the new Black Rod in the House of Lords, a job held by 60 men since it was created in 1361, China’s Xinhua news agency reported.

Clarke will formally take on the duties early next year, succeeding David Leakey, the current Black Rod who leaves the post at the end of this year.

Black Rod is the only job in the world where the holder gets paid for having a door slammed in their face.

As the Black Rod, one of Clarke’s duties will be to summon MPs from the House of Commons to the House of Lords for the State Opening of Parliament by the Queen. By tradition, as a way to protect its independence, the MPs slam the door in the face of the Black Rod. The ceremonial ritual is captured on the live coverage of the opening ceremony.

Clarke is currently responsible for the organisation of the annual Wimbledon tennis championships. She had previously held roles at four Olympic Games, the London Marathon and UK Sport.

As the first woman to be appointed to the role of Black Rod in its 650-year history, Clarke will be known as the Lady Usher of the Black Rod. Black Rod is appointed by the Monarch on the recommendation of a selection panel chaired by the Lord Speaker.

“Black Rod is a senior official who, as well as their famous role in summoning the House of Commons to hear the Queen’s Speech at the State Opening of Parliament, heads a department that includes the Yeoman Usher and the House of Lords Doorkeepers,” said a spokesman at the House of Lords.

Clarke said: “I am both deeply honoured and delighted to be invited to take up the role of Black Rod.”

“Over many years I have been fortunate to work at the heart of some of the world’s most complex events and institutions. The House of Lords is a place where the smallest detail is as important as the big picture and the depth of heritage and tradition is second to none,” said Clarke.

Lord Fowler, speaker of the House of Lords said: “As the first woman to take on the role, this is a historic moment for the House.”


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