became Queen at the age of just 27 and was the longest reigning British monarch of all time. With a team of world-class chefs and access to some of the best money can buy, royal chefs have shared Her Majesty’s favourite foods over the years as well as what meals she consumed on a regular basis.
The Queen’s former chef, Darren McGrady, was Her Majesty’s personal chef for more than 15 years.
He accompanied her on two royal tours of Australia and has also cooked for five American Presidents during their state visits.
The chef also worked for other members of the Royal Family including Princess Diana, Prince Harry and Prince William at Kensington Palace.
In his book titled ‘Eating Royally: Recipes and Remembrances from a Palace Kitchen’, the chef revealed the Queen’s dining preferences as well as her favourite meals from when she was alive.
Queen Elizabeth II: What Her Majesty ate everyday for breakfast, lunch and dinner
According to the chef, the Queen ate four meals a day, although they were four small portions.
In a series of YouTube Q&A videos, he explained that when he was her personal chef, between 1982 and 1993, the royal would consume breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.
For breakfast, things were kept pretty simple according to royal biographer, Katie Nicholl.
“HRH typically starts with a simple cup of tea and biscuits, followed by a bowl of cereal,” Katie previously explained.
According to McGrady, lunch was healthy and typically consisted of grilled fish with wilted spinach or courgettes.
He also said that the Queen quite liked grilled chicken with salad too.
Afternoon tea, which is composed of sandwiches and scones, was one of Her Majesty’s favourite meals.
The royal chef explained the Queen would have afternoon tea in the late afternoon and would enjoy scones with jam and clotted cream.
Afternoon tea was one of Her Majesty’s favourite meals
He said: “She’d always have afternoon tea wherever she was in the world. We’d flown out to Australia and were on the Royal Yacht. It was five o’clock in the morning but for the Queen it was five in the afternoon so my first job was making scones.”
Dinner would vary for the Queen but the chef previously said that meals would include a combination of meat or fish and vegetables.
According to McGrady, she loved a Gaelic steak as well as a fillet steak with a mushroom and whisky sauce.
At the time when McGrady was working for the Queen, there was a team of 20 chefs in the kitchen.
The Queen in pictures
The head chef would provide Her Majesty with a menu twice a week where she would choose her meals depending on what she fancied that week.
What were the Queen’s favourite foods?
In a YouTube video, McGrady previously shared that the Queen had a particular love for Morecambe Bay potted shrimp on toast.
He said: “They’re cooked and marinated in this secret spicy butter and then the Queen would have them with warm toast, and when you spread them on the warm toast, the butter melts.”
The chef also told Hello! magazine in 2016 that the Queen had a sweet tooth and particularly liked chocolate, especially a chocolate perfection pie, which was a layered chocolate pie with white and dark chocolate shavings.