The late Queen's one daily meal she insisted to eat entirely with her hands

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, known as the Earl of Strathearn in Scotland, arrive for a visit to AG Barr's factory in Cumbernauld, where the Irn-Bru drink is manufactured, as part of her traditional trip to Scotland for Holyrood Week on June 28, 2021 in Cumbernauld, Scotland.
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Queen Elizabeth II is said to have been a creature of habit throughout her historic 70-year reign, reportedly adhering to the same daily schedule with precision.

Just like King Charles does today, the late monarch had a team of highly skilled chefs at her beck and call across various royal residences but her palate was surprisingly plain.

The Queen was known to favour simple, straightforward fare over lavish meals. However, a royal chef has disclosed that she indulged in one particular type of food each day, a choice deeply rooted in aristocratic custom.

Darren McGrady, who served the Royal Family for more than 15 years and catered to everyone from the Queen to the Prince of Wales, often shares stories from his time working at the palace.

He has even divulged the sole food item the Queen would consume with her hands and the reason behind it, OK! reports.

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A former royal chef has revealed the one daily mail that she would eat with her hands -Credit:Getty

Speaking to Insider ahead of the Queen's death in September 2022, Darren explained: "Her Majesty's Victorian upbringing dictates that the only thing you would pick up and eat with your fingers is afternoon tea.

"Eleven years at the palace and we never served pizza at all, not even at receptions. The menus at Buckingham Palace are very traditional French, which wouldn't lean towards having pizza on it."

The current chef at Windsor Castle, Mark Flanagan, has previously mentioned the late monarch's preference for having the dinner menu written in French.

In a piece for Town and Country Magazine, he remarked: "Her Majesty loves to have her dinner menu in French."

Flanagan also shared an insight into the Queen's attention to detail, saying, "if I get an accent wrong or mix up the masculine and feminine on the menus I send up for her approval, she'll let me know. Her Majesty misses nothing!"

The late monarch's afternoon tea was very "important" to her according to a former royal chef -Credit:Getty
The late monarch's afternoon tea was very "important" to her according to a former royal chef -Credit:Getty

Afternoon Tea is a tradition that epitomises English culture, typically enjoyed between 3.30pm and 5pm. This delightful repast often includes a variety of sandwiches, scones, and exquisite small pastries.

Former Royal chef Darren McGrady shed light on the significance of this ritual in another interview, stating, "When I started as a young chef at Buckingham Palace, it was fascinating to see how important afternoon tea was to the Queen."

He disclosed that the Queen savours a "full afternoon tea of sandwiches and pastries."

Elaborating on Her Majesty's preferences, he previously said: "In terms of scones - one day plain and one day with raisins folded through.

"Also, tiny pastries like raspberry tartlets and a cut cake, honey and cream sponge, fruit cake, banana bread, or her favourite chocolate biscuit cake. It would all be 'washed down with a delightful steaming hot cup of Earl Grey tea."

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