Queen Elizabeth II became queen at just 27 and was the longest-reigning British monarch of all time. With a team of world-class chefs and access to some of the best food money can buy, the royal chefs have shared Her Majesty’s favorite foods over the years as well as the meals she’s been eating on a regular basis.
The Queen’s former Chef, Darren McGrady, has been Her Majesty’s Personal Chef for over 15 years.
He has accompanied her on two royal tours of Australia, and has also cooked for five US presidents during their state visits.
The chef has also worked with other members of the royal family including Princess Diana, Prince Harry and Prince William at Kensington Palace.
In his book, Royal Eating: Recipes and Souvenirs from the Palace Kitchen, the chef reveals the Queen’s dining preferences as well as her favorite meals since she was alive.
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According to the chef, the Queen ate four meals a day, although they were four small meals.
In a series of Q&A videos on YouTube, he explained that when he was her personal chef, between 1982 and 1993, King had breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner.
For breakfast, things were pretty simple according to royal biographer, Katie Nicholl.
“His Royal Highness usually starts with a simple cup of tea and biscuits, followed by a bowl of cereal,” Katie previously explained.
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According to McGrady, lunch was healthy and usually consisted of grilled fish with wilted spinach or zucchini.
He also said that the Queen loves roast chicken with salad too.
Afternoon tea, consisting of sandwiches and scones, was one of Her Majesty’s favorite meals.
The royal chef explained that the Queen will drink afternoon tea in the late afternoon and will enjoy scones with jam and clotted cream.
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He said, “She always had afternoon tea wherever she was in the world. We had flown to Australia and were on the royal yacht. It was five in the morning but for the Queen it was five in the afternoon, so my first job was making cakes.”
Dinner may be different for the Queen, but the chef has previously said meals will include a mix of meat or fish and vegetables.
According to McGrady, I loved the Gaelic steak as well as the filet steak with mushroom sauce and whiskey.
At the time McGrady was working for the Queen, there was a team of 20 cooks in the kitchen.
Twice a week the chef would provide Her Majesty with a menu where she would choose her meals based on what she dreamed of that week.
What are the Queen’s favorite foods?
In a YouTube video, McGrady previously shared that the Queen has a special love for shrimp covered in Morecambe Bay on toast.
“It’s cooked and marinated in this secret spicy butter and then the queen eats it with warm toast, and when she spreads it on warm toast, the butter melts,” he said.
As the chef said hello! magazine in 2016 that the Queen loved sweets and especially loved chocolate, especially the perfect chocolate pie, which was a layered chocolate pie with white and dark chocolate shavings.