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Pasta
Pasta
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Finally, we know what isn’t fit for a queen. When she’s eating lunch alone, Queen Elizabeth II won’t let herself eat starches, formal Royal chef Darren McGrady tells RecipesPlus.

That means no pasta for Her Majesty.

Instead, she chows down on a big salad, or grilled fish or chicken with two veggies on the side.

This warm salad of quail eggs with asparagus and parmesan would be ideal.

Potatoes
Potatoes
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The Queen doesn’t just resist pasta and bread. She also turns down potatoes because of their starch factor. Shame, really, because she would miss out on this delicious and light potato salad with horseradish dressing.

Rare meat
Rare meat
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Think a rare steak makes you look sophisticated?

The Queen would dare to disagree.

Her Highness prefers her meat well done, says McGrady.

This barbecued steak would be ideal if Her Majesty popped ’round for a barbie – just cook it on the grill a little longer and make sure to rest it well.

White eggs
White eggs
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While The Queen is all about scrambled eggs—especially with salmon and truffle at Christmas—she would probably turn her nose up at the dozen in your fridge.

Her Majesty prefers brown eggs to white because she thinks they taste better, according to The Guardian.

Garlic and onions
Garlic and onions
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Apparently, someone meeting and greeting as often as The Queen doesn’t want particularly pungent breath.

Her Majesty won’t eat anything with too much garlic or onions, according to McGrady.

Bread crusts
Bread crusts
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Save the bread crusts for the birds.

Her Royal Highness prefers the edges to be cut before her tea sandwiches are served.

“A chef told me off for serving the sandwiches with crusts,” former Royal chef Owen Hodgson tells The Telegraph.

Queen Elizabeth II likes her tuna sandwiches with both sides buttered, a tuna and mayonnaise mix, thin slices of cucumber, and a dash of pepper.

Love your sandwiches? No matter how good yours is, here’s how to make a better one.

Out-of-season fruit
Out-of-season fruit
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Queen Elizabeth II is all about eating with the seasons.

That means if nature wouldn’t grow it, she won’t touch it.

“You can send strawberries every day to The Queen during summer at Balmoral and she’ll never say a word,” McGrady tells RecipesPlus.

“Try including strawberries on the menu in January and she’ll scrub out the line and say don’t dare send me genetically modified strawberries.”

Looks like Her Majesty would miss out on this delicious smoothie during the cooler months.

Whole banana
Whole banana
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A Royal would never stoop so low as to look like a monkey when eating a banana. Queen Elizabeth II doesn’t use her bare hands.

Instead, she uses a fork and knife to cut the top and bottom of the banana, then slit the peel to get the fruit out.

Next, she cuts the banana into little coins so she can eat it with a fork.

If your tastes are similar, you can use your leftover banana slices in this delicious chicken and banana korma.

Sweetened tea
Sweetened tea
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Like any good Englishwoman, Queen Elizabeth II takes her tea (Earl Grey, please) with a spot of milk.

But no lumps for her—she prefers it without sugar, according to BT.

Don’t know your Assam from your Ceylon? Learn about the different types of tea here.

This article first appeared on RD.com

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