Queen Elizabeth II might dine on turbans de sole, Balmoral venison, and Windsor pheasant during State Visit Dinners, but to start her day, the 90-year-old monarch is said to love a simple breakfast cereal: Special K with fruit.
Darren McGrady, a former personal chef to The Queen and to Diana, Princess of Wales, revealed in an interview with The Telegraph that she enjoys Special K with fruit for breakfast, which is kept in Tupperware containers to preserve freshness.
The Queen so enjoys breakfast cereal, Kellogg’s, Weetabix, and Quaker Oats all have Royal Warrants.
A Royal Warrant is a mark of special service, and can only be granted by The Queen, Prince Philip, or Prince Charles. There are over 800 Royal Warrants in existence today, and after five years of tenure, they come under review. Royal Warrants expire five years after the appointer dies.
Her Majesty is also reported to change up her breakfast menu, on occasion, for “scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and a grating of truffle,” per McGrady.
“But she was too frugal to ever order fresh truffles and only really enjoyed them at Christmas when the truffles were sent as a gift.”
The Queen drinks Twinning’s English Breakfast tea, and is said to also enjoy toast with marmalade, and mushrooms with a smidge of Marmite on top, said Owen Hodgson, a former palace chef. Her Majesty’s favourite drinks include gin and Dubonnet with a slice of lemon, wines, and champagne.
The Queen is not a foodie, says McGrady, “[She] eats to live, unlike Prince Philip who loves to eat and would stand and talk food all day.”
Prince Charles is another foodie in the Royal Family, and even sells his organic line of Waitrose Duchy Organics at Waitrose stores that produces everything from vegetables to meats to cheeses and herbs and soups.