What does the Queen really eat and drink?

If the Queen really ate and drank everything that she is rumoured to indulge in on a daily basis, she would likely present a very different picture of health.

Alongside the endless banquets, gala lunches and five-course dinners, the Queen is said to said to daily take in an afternoon tea of scones, cakes and finger sandwiches daily, alongside cocktails, wine and Champagne.

While afternoon tea seems like an entirely appropriate activity for the Queen of England, if one was doing so on a daily basis it begs the question, how does one stay so trim?

This week Business Insider claimed that Her Majesty knocks back four drinks (two glasses of wine and two cocktails) every day. If it is to be believed, the Queen enjoys a gin and Dubonnet with lemon and ice before lunch, a glass of wine with lunch, later a dry martini, and finally a glass of Champagne before bed.

While this no doubt makes for a good headline, it’s unlikely to be completely true (although the Queen is well known for her love of Dubonnet and gin).

Indeed, this week former Royal Chef Darren McCreedy, who worked in the Royal Household’s kitchen from 1982 through 1993, shed some truth on her food and drink habits while speaking to CNN.

Referring to all the “silly little pieces in the papers”, in which he’s quoted as saying she has four drinks a day, he said: “She’d be pickled if she drank that much,” he said. “All I said was she likes a gin and Dubonnet. That’s her favourite drink.”

With a pinch of salt, we have rounded up some of the most oft-spouted food and drink habits of Her Majesty…

One Response to “What does the Queen really eat and drink?”

  1. Charles says:

    My understanding is the current royals drink very little! The Queen is supposed to have German wines, also a now somewhat unknown aperitif called Lillet. The Duke apparently sticks mostly to occasional beer. Charles drinks little, Andrew is teetotal. The dear old Queen Mum bless her drank mostly demi-sec Champagne and lived to be 101. I rest my case!

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