Members of the British royal family have to follow a lot of rules, even when it comes to their culinary preferences.
One food rule that the royals have to adhere to, especially when they are on an overseas trip, actually makes sense as it is a matter of safety.
As it turns out, they are not allowed to eat uncooked meat and seafood and anything too spicy or too exotic. This rule is in place to ensure that their schedule is not disrupted by a food poisoning.
Rules are rules, but what about the royals’ personal preferences?
One food item the Queen and Prince Philip don’t like
You’d think the Queen and her husband must have jaded palates and a taste for various delicacies... It may be true, but there’s one specific fancy food that the royal couple dislike.
Dinner in Buckingham Palace, a book based on the diaries of palace servant Charles Oliver, mentions one particular food item that you shouldn’t even offer to the Queen and Prince Philip.
It says in an excerpt:
Inevitably there are one or two things the Queen and her husband do not like, and the hosts are duly warned in advance.
The palace instruction states: ‘Neither the Queen nor the Duke of Edinburgh like oysters.’
No oysters for the royals, then. But what do they like? Their favorite foods are not as fancy as you’d expect.
The book mentions that the Prince likes to cook, and one of his favorite dishes is mushrooms à la crème.
As for the Queen, her preference is also quite simple. According to royal chef Mark Flanagan, one of Her Majesty's favorite dishes is callaloo, a vegetable soup from the Caribbean.
See? Eating like a royal doesn’t have to be fancy!