You might think being part of the British royal family means being able to do anything you want — and a lot of the time, that might be true.
But turns out royal blood comes with a few food restrictions.
Historically, the royal family has been warned against ordering shellfish when eating out according to the BBC, because there’s a higher risk of food poisoning. We can’t have the queen getting sick on us!
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Queen’s favorite foods
Tea (with milk and no sugar) and biscuits
Special K cereal with fruit, and the occasional toast or omelette
A “tipple of gin and aperitif Dubonnet”
Salad with grilled chicken. She has a strict no pasta or rice.
Tea with finger sandwiches or biscuits
Beef, salmon with mushrooms
The same caution applies to rare meat and tap water in foreign countries. However, “the queen is not averse to trying out new taste sensations,” says BBC.
The queen always sticks to these rules, but younger members of the family are known to be more adventurous eaters. While the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles stay away from chili, Kate Middleton’s favorite food includes curry.
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When she’s aiming to lose weight, she goes high-protein and low-carb.
Middleton reportedly relied on the Dukan Diet when trying to get in shape for her wedding. The program—which Jennifer Lopez and Gisele Bundchen have also reportedly given a try—focuses on increasing protein intake and decreasing carbohydrates. Lean proteins, vegetables, fruit, and whole wheat are all on the table, and Middleton’s mother (another fan of the regimen) suggests calming cravings with prawns and cottage cheese.
She has some go-to raw favorites, too.
Middleton doesn’t go full raw diet all the time, but she’s been known to appreciate the trend. She loves ceviche, goji berries, gazpacho, watermelon salad, almond milk, and tabbouleh.
She overcame a pregnancy-triggered food aversion with fruits and oats.
When Middleton was pregnant with Prince George, she struggled with extreme morning sickness and food aversion. While she reportedly attempted to combat her nausea by undergoing food hypnotherapy, she also stuck to a diet of avocados, berries, and oatmeal. These hearty foods helped her put on weight during her pregnancy, despite her morning sickness.
She’s a big fan of family recipes.
Middleton swears by family recipes so much that she whipped one up for the queen during her first royal family Christmas. Middleton made a batch of her grandmother’s famous chutney to give Queen Elizabeth, in lieu of a purchased gift. “I was slightly worried about it,” Middleton said of her decision. “But I noticed the next day that it was on the table.”
But she’s just as apt to be adventurous and try new dishes.
Lovely at-home cooking doesn’t keep Middleton from exploring her options. She and husband Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, used their Canadian royal tour as an opportunity to think outside the box, food-wise. Middleton even visited a British Columbia food and wine festival and gave geoduck clams with miso mustard sauce a try! “It’s really unusual,” she said of the dish. “I’ve never seen it before.”
She loves cooking and hosting.
Middleton enjoys preparing food for her family and sharing meals together at the kitchen table. While Prince William likes to tease her about her cooking, she’s known to be quite the hostess. Her go-to dish? Curry.
And the holidays always mean time for a feast.
Unsurprisingly, royal family holiday celebrations are filled with delicious foods. Lunch brings shrimp or lobster salad, roasted turkey, parsnips, carrots, and Brussels sprouts. And dinner involves some sort of rib roast, turkey, or ham—plus 20 other buffet items.
And—of course—she fully understands the importance of dessert.
Middleton has a sweet tooth, and she’s not afraid to treat those around her, either! Family gatherings often end with sticky toffee pudding or jam roly-poly (a pastry roll filled with fruit preserves). At holiday get-togethers, Christmas pudding and fruitcake are served with afternoon tea. But it doesn’t have to be a big occasion for Middleton to treat her family. She’s been known to serve her children various sweets at other times, too.