“I ate like the queen for a day – it cost a fortune and my taste buds were overwhelmed”

With the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in full swing, The Mirror’s Courtney Pochin wanted to see what it would be like to follow in the Queen’s footsteps for a day and eat like royalty

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Queen: Mirror tries the monarch’s daily food routine

When it comes to the Queen, there are so many interesting things to learn and discover – from her royal duties to her family life and the protocols she follows every day.

And while it’s all bound to be fascinating, I have to admit I’ve always been curious to learn more about the food she’s eating at the palace.

With a team of incredibly talented chefs, you’d think the Queen would enjoy extravagant meals every night, right?

But it turns out her preferences are a lot easier when she’s not at a banquet and just dining alone.

Darren McGrady, who was a personal chef to the monarch, has previously shared some of the things she ate in one day, including Special K for breakfast and her love of chocolate.

Intrigued, I decided to put my taste buds to the test and see what it’s like to eat like the queen for a day – and to be honest, I was a little underwhelmed.

Dark chocolate chip cookies to start the day


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According to McGrady, the Queen starts her day at 7:30 a.m. with a cup of Earl Gray tea — a dash of milk but no sugar — and some dark chocolate chip cookies.

Her biscuits of choice are said to be Chocolate Olivers from Huntley & Palmers – which cost me a whopping £12.99 for a tin.

This is followed at 8:30am by a bowl of Special K, which Her Majesty is happy to keep in Tupperware containers to keep them as fresh as possible.

Breakfast is usually my favorite meal of the day, but these options didn’t hit the mark for me. Dark chocolate is really not my thing and I find Earl Gray a bit too flowery. I’m much more a kind of strong English breakfast tea – with milk and two sugars.

The granola was a bit more my pace, but just very bland – I wasn’t sure which flavor of Special K the Queen preferred so I played it safe and went for the original, but the red berry version would have been better.

A bowl of Special K for breakfast


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Lunch for the Queen isn’t served until 1pm and there are no snacks in between so I was very hungry by that point.

Her Majesty is said to opt for either grilled fish and vegetables or chicken and salad for lunch, and to forego starches when eating alone.

I’m not a big fan of fish and didn’t want to stink my whole apartment, so I prepared grilled chicken and salad. I added a honey, chili, and soy sauce marinade to the chicken and a balsamic glaze to my salad.

I’m not sure if these extra flavors would get the royal seal of approval, but they made the meal more enjoyable for me.

After a lack of morning snacks I didn’t have to wait long for more food as afternoon tea was next.

Chicken and salad for lunch


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I didn’t do the chocolate sponge cake justice


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McGrady has previously shared Her Majesty’s love of afternoon tea – including finger sandwiches, scones with jam and cream, and a slice of her beloved chocolate chip cookie cake.

This sweet treat is enjoyed by so many members of the royal family, and Prince William and Kate Middleton even got some at their wedding.

Well, if you know one thing about me, it’s that I love cakes but can’t bake well – as my recent attempt to make the Platinum Jubilee Pudding showed.

I decided to make the biscuit cake, it seemed easy enough. But of course I somehow managed to screw it up.

I didn’t have the right size can, so mine looked less like a perfect cake and more like a pile of poop. But it tasted good and that’s all that really matters.

For the finger sandwiches, I prepared cucumber and some raspberry jam pennies – these all had to be cut into circular shapes as sharp edges are apparently considered “threatening” to the royal family.

To finish, I drank some scones and jam and some more tea – this time Assam instead.

I didn’t actually eat the scones as several publications have claimed that the queen often crumbles them to give to her pet corgis. I’m not 100% sure if that’s true, but I was feeling pretty full anyway, so I skipped them.



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Dinner was a similar meal to lunch, with meat and vegetables but no starch. I opted for beef tenderloin and some veggies.

I rarely buy steaks for myself so this felt like a special treat and I can understand why the Queen would want to dine like this but I was missing the fries I would normally have eaten with.

The pudding was a bowl of fresh strawberries and raspberries, as the Queen is said to be enjoying whatever is in season.

All of this was washed down with a glass of Prosecco – Her Majesty is supposed to be drinking dry champagne in the evening but, having no money, I went with the cheaper option.

The menu for the day cost me a small fortune, with my Tesco store bringing in a total of £32.95 for all the ingredients. I certainly couldn’t afford to eat like this on a regular basis, and I’m not sure it was even worth it – my taste buds weren’t overly thrilled.

Highlights of the day included lunch, which was a lot healthier than my regular lunch, and afternoon tea, which I would love to eat more often.

But other than that, I found the food a bit bland and not exactly regal – but that may have more to do with my cooking skills than anything else.

Would you try to eat like the queen for a day? Let us know in the comments below.

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