One Food Item Which British Royals Aren't Allowed To Eat

April 13, 2018 14:15

It’s tempting to assume that being a royal gives you a culinary carte blanche. Some people may imagine that the royals can eat whatever they choose to, and everything is available to them everywhere. But, as it turns out, this is not the case for the British royal family. Shellfish and a few other foods are strictly off the table when the royals are abroad.


This restriction is quite reasonable, as raw shellfish can be contaminated with bacteria and cause a food poisoning.

Some types of shellfish, such as raw oysters, can harbor dangerous, potentially deadly bacteria called Vibrio, according to the CDC.

Other foods that the royals have to stay away from include raw or undercooked meat, exotic and very spicy foods, and tap water, all of which may cause an upset stomach and disrupt the Windsors’ tight schedules.


These rules can be useful for everyone who is travelling abroad, especially to less developed countries. It’s also advisable to take bottled water with you, or drink only boiled water. In addition to that, avoid raw or undercooked meat, fish, and shellfish to lower your risk of a food poisoning. It's wise to avoid any drinks or food items of dubious quality and safety.

It’s reported that the Queen follows the rules to a T, but her son, Prince Charles, and her grandsons, Prince William and Prince Harry, don’t abide by this restrictions so religiously.


Another culinary rule is rather a matter of taste than safety: The Queen doesn’t eat garlic, as she reportedly doesn’t like it. In general, Her Royal Majesty’s meals are quite simple and healthful, which is one of the reasons why she is so healthy at the venerable age of 91.

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