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Here's what the Queen eats for breakfast, lunch and dinner

TODAY logo TODAY 3/2/2017 Emi Boscamp

Queen Elizabeth II: Britain's Queen Elizabeth II visits the Honourable Artillery Company in London on June 1, 2016. © AFP - Getty Images Britain's Queen Elizabeth II visits the Honourable Artillery Company in London on June 1, 2016. I don't know about you, but when I picture Queen Elizabeth eating, I envision her surrounded by the most decadent of feasts: hulking roasts, tubs of mashed potatoes, massive cakes, towers of cupcakes and biscuits — basically something straight out of "A Little Princess."

But Darren McGrady, a former chef in the royal kitchens, told The Telegraphthat the Queen is actually "not a foodie." He explained, "She eats to live, unlike Prince Philip who loves to eat and would stand and talk food all day." (Fun fact: The Duke is a barbecue enthusiast.)

"When she dines on her own," he added, "she's very disciplined. No starch is the rule."

So what, exactly, does she eat, then?

Well, twice a week, the head chef to the royal household, Mark Flanagan, gives the Queen menu options and she checks off what she likes and crosses off what she doesn't.

This is what a typical day of eating for Her Majesty looks like:

Breakfast

The Queen starts her day with a cup of Earl Grey tea (no milk or sugar) in bone china with a few biscuits (aka cookies), according to British Telecommunications.

Hot cup of tea © David Emmite/Getty Images Hot cup of tea

She then typically transitions to a breakfast of fruit and cereal — she's partial to Special K, according to The Telegraph. 

Bowl of cereal: Cereal bowl and spoon with milk; Shutterstock ID 138398198; PO: TODAY.com © Linda Studley Cereal bowl and spoon with milk; Shutterstock ID 138398198; PO: TODAY.com

Sometimes, though, she'll change it up with toast and marmalade or, on special occasions, scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and a grating of truffle. She prefers brown eggs because she thinks they taste better.

Lunch

Before lunch, she'll partake in a little light drinking (does that mean we all can?) — specifically a gin and Dubonnet (a wine-based aperitif) with a slice of lemon and a lot of ice.

The Boulevardier Cocktail © Maureen Petrosky The Boulevardier Cocktail

Her Majesty likes to keep it simple for her midday meal with something like fish with vegetables or grilled chicken with salad. McGrady said a favorite meal of hers is grilled Dover sole with wilted spinach or courgettes (that's zucchini to those of us on the other side of the pond). No potatoes, rice, pasta — anything starchy — when she's eating alone.

High tea

This is where that scene from "A Little Princess" might actually apply. The Queen goes all out for her daily afternoon tea — there's a traditional spread, complete with finger sandwiches, scones and her favorite cakes — because, well, she's the Queen.

Traditional English afternoon tea: No crusts for the Queen. © Shutterstock No crusts for the Queen.

McGrady said that she must have two types of sandwiches, such as cucumber, smoked salmon, egg with mayonnaise, ham and mustard — crusts cut off, naturally. She also enjoys the crust-less jam pennies, tiny raspberry jam sandwiches cut into circles the size of an old English penny.

Dinner

While some sources say that Her Majesty prefers "a relaxed meal of lamb, roast beef, mutton, grouse or salmon" most evenings, others say she "enjoys a Sunday roast after church" or Gaelic steak, made from fillets of beef and venison from Sandringham and Balmoral (Her Majesty's Christmas retreat and summer residence, respectively), served in a sauce of mushroom, cream and whisky. Whichever type of meat it is, she doesn't do rare — only well done.

She may have a dry Martini with dinner, but never wine — that's for later.

Dessert

She finishes her day on a light and fresh note — with strawberries grown at Balmoral and sweet white peaches grown in her greenhouses at Windsor Castle. Maybe some chocolate, too. The Queen loves chocolate.

Strawberry champagne mojito © Kellie Hemmerly / The Suburban Soapbox Strawberry champagne mojito

And she washes it all down with a glass of champagne. Because being Queen is something to pop open a bottle of bubbly for every day.

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