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Here's what the Queen eats for breakfast, lunch and dinner — every single day

TODAY logo TODAY 8/2/2017 Emi Boscamp
Queen Elizabeth II © AFP/Getty Images Queen Elizabeth II

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 Telegraph that 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 of Edinburgh 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.

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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 © Linda Studley Bowl of cereal

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 © Shutterstock Traditional English afternoon tea

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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 While you may assume her Royal Majesty the Queen enjoys fine dining every day, this isn't always the case.According to The Telegraph, twice a week the head chef to the royal household, Mark Flanagan, provides the Queen with menu suggestion which she can approve by ticking off or crossing out. However, Darren McGrady, a former chef in the royal kitchens, said that the Queen is "not a foodie. She eats to live, unlike Prince Philip who loves to eat and would stand and talk food all day.""When she dines on her own," he added, "she's very disciplined. No starch is the rule."We took a look at the Queen's typical day of eating and drinking, from the tea she drinks and biscuits she eats when she wakes up to her low-carb lunches, her nightly glass of Champagne, and penchant for chocolate.Scroll down to see what Her Royal Majesty the Queen has for every meal - and in between. Everything the Queen eats and drinks for breakfast, lunch, and dinner



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