You know you’re the Queen and the most eminent personality when you have so much power over someone’s dinner.
After the Queen takes her last bite of food, no one else is allowed to eat anymore. So sorry, Prince Harry: 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.”
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It seems less likely that swift eating is an issue with Queen Elizabeth. At 91 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).
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.
These rare insights into life inside Britain’s most famous house have been revealed in A Royal Welcome, an exhibition at Buckingham Palace.
And for the first time in history palace-goers can enter through the Grand Entrance which State heads use when invited by the Queen into the State Rooms.