- The Washington Times - Friday, October 6, 2017

When it comes to food, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch has some decidedly low-maintenance, simple culinary tastes, a former Buckingham Palace chef has told The Express newspaper.

“Breakfast was very simple for Her Majesty,” former Buckingham Palace chef Darren McGrady said, The Express reported Friday. “Some Kellogg’s cereal from a plastic container, which she’d serve herself and Darjeeling tea.”

By contrast, both her eldest child, Prince Charles, and the late Princess Diana proved to be much pickier about dietary requirements, with the former devoted to organic produce while the latter eschewed red meat and insisted on low-fat dishes, even at special state dinner occasions.

“She’d say, ‘Make me a mousse for President Reagan.’ She couldn’t have it because there was mayonnaise and sour cream,” Mr. McGrady said. “So she’d say ‘Make me a fat-free version.’ So I did. Often she’d have the fat-free version and the guests were on the full-fat version and no one would know the difference.”

Having come of age in the successive trials of the Great Depression and World War II — where she served as a mechanic for the British Army’s Auxiliary Territorial Service — the 91-year-old sovereign is notably frugal.

Indeed, Mr. McGrady “recalls a time when she preferred not to garnish her dish with a lemon so that the whole fruit would not be wasted,” The Express reported.




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