UNSURPRISELY, if you’re lucky enough to be invited to dinner with the Queen, there are a number of rules you should follow.
The rules surrounding dining with Her Majesty cover both etiquette and the meal itself, with some common dishes and ingredients being a no-go in royal kitchens.
And not only visitors have to abide by these rules, other members of the royal family also have to abide by these rules when dining with the Queen.
All groceries must be pre-approved
All food served to the long-reigning monarch must be pre-approved by the Queen herself. She reviews and approves all meals for the week, with menus presented in French.
She is said to prefer lighter meals in the evenings and apparently never eats starches when alone. So if you’re invited to a meal with the Queen, it’s unlikely it’ll be one with pasta, rice or potatoes.
Garlic is banned from the royal kitchen
A rule vampires will cheer about. The Queen never eats garlic, and other royals have either joined her or eat it very rarely (and definitely not when around Her Majesty).
One reason is that the Queen just doesn’t like the taste. But there’s a second reason for that, as Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall confirms.
When asked if it was etiquette to avoid garlic and not wanting your breath to smell when you meet people, Camilla quipped that “you always have to skip the garlic.”
No crusts on sandwiches
While the Queen prefers sandwiches, she apparently prefers to eat them crustless. It has been known that chefs who do not follow this rule will be brought to their attention by other employees.
Speaking to The Telegraph, the former royal chef, Owen Hodgson said: “A chef turned me away for serving the sandwiches with crusts.”
Eating bananas with cutlery
In order not to eat like a monkey at the dinner table, the queen uses a knife and fork to eat bananas instead. Apparently, she uses a knife to cut off the top and bottom, then chop the fruit into small pieces.
Eat only when the queen eats
When you dine with the Queen, you can’t start eating until she does, and the same goes for finishing your meal. As soon as Her Majesty is done eating, so is everyone else at the table.
So if you’re a slow eater, you might want to take this opportunity to eat a little faster, or accept that you might not finish your meal and remain hungry.
Don’t sit in front of the queen
You may also have to wait at the beginning of the meal to sit down. Regardless of the number of people present, no one is allowed to sit down to dinner until the Queen is comfortably seated and ready to begin eating.
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