Just about everything The Queen does is a subject of intense debate, interest and speculation.
From her dresses, bags and hats to her wealth and powers, Elizabeth II is the most famous monarch in the world and, understandably, a fascinating figure for royals and republicans alike.
And The Queen’s dining habits and preferences are just other subjects people would like to hear more about.
Darren McGrady, Her Majesty’s personal chef for 11 years, has shed some generous light on the subject.
The Royal Chef, as he is known, has revealed that The Queen is ‘’not really bothered about food’’ because ‘’all she cares about are horses and dogs.”
The first line will only surprise a few. It has been no secret that Her Majesty, now 91, has had bigger hobbies to enjoy, although, as McGrady said, she has always observed a healthy diet.
“She’s very disciplined like that. She could have anything she wanted, but it is that discipline that keeps her so well and so healthy.”
In 1993, McGrady left to cook for Diana, Princess of Wales, where the kitchen must have been slightly different (with a probably less disciplined regime) when it came to food. At Buckingham Palace, he ensured that The Queen enjoyed home-grown vegetables, fish and pheasant.
It is safe to say that the most fascinating part of The Queen’s full course dinner is the desserts.
McGrady said The Queen was a ‘chocoholic’ who loved dark chocolate, adding that she ‘’wasn’t keen on milk chocolate or white chocolate.”
As for The Queen’s drinking preferences, the Royal Chef dismissed what he described as “silly little pieces in the papers” which suggested that the monarch drinks four glasses a day.
“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.
“She doesn’t wake up in the morning and have a large gin and tonic.”
The Queen is never a habitual drinker, McGrady asserts, but when she feels like it, she will go for her favourite German sweet wine.
But that’s “just in the evening.
“She certainly doesn’t drink four glasses a day.”