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The rule diners need to follow at Buckingham Palace

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You know you’re the Queen and the most eminent personality when you have so much power over someone’s dinner.


The Queen has also banned garlic from the Buckingham Palace kitchen.



Queen Elizabeth hates garlic very much, enjoys her alcoholic beverages (up to four a day!) and really loves her chocolate cake. But according to Stylist, the Queen’s food rituals don’t stop there. Not only must fellow diners wait for the Queen to take her seat before they do, but those at the dinner table must also watch her movements and copy accordingly.

It means after the Queen takes her last bite of food, no one else is allowed to eat anymore. So sorry, Prince George, Louis or Princess Charlotte: no seconds or thirds of that juicy prime rib for you. This rule actually made eating dinner with Queen Victoria quite difficult. She was a fast eater who “was greedy and gobbled.”

Also read: The number of drinks Queen Elizabeth prefers in a day will shock you.



It seems less likely that swift eating is an issue with Queen Elizabeth. At 94 years old, it’s hard to digest the fact that her portions are gigantic. Throughout the day she eats plenty of protein (and tea biscuits).

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The colossal rules followed by Buckingham Palace butlers when setting the Queen’s table have been revealed.

Each diner is given 47 centimetres of space, measured to the millimetre, with no exceptions. The table usually takes at least three days to set. Each member is given a personal light to illuminate their food, six glasses (water, champagne, white wine, red wine, dessert wine and port) and nine pieces of cutlery.

The four courses normally served are – fish, meat, pudding and fruit – prepared by 21 chefs. While dining, you’ll never run out of wine because the 400-year-old cellars have 25,000 bottles stored within at all times.

Also read: Queen Elizabeth’s “favourite song” revealed.



These rare insights into life inside Britain’s most famous house have been revealed in A Royal Welcome, an exhibition at Buckingham Palace.

So if you ever find yourself having dinner with the monarch, remember how it’s done!

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