Queen Elizabeth II's unusual way of eating fruit and 'no hands' Royal banquet rules

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Darren McGrady, who worked as the Queen’s head chef in the kitchens of Buckingham Palace from 1982 to 1993, revealed several bizarre habits and traditions. The Queen’s eating habits are some of the most closely examined in the world but it has been revealed that the monarch.

Speaking to TODAY, Mr McGrady explained one strange rule – that no hands are allowed to touch food at a royal banquet.

Mr McGrady said the rule makes it difficult for the Royal Family to eat most kinds of fruit – a common dish served at the end of the meal.

He explained that using a knife and fork, members of the Royal Family would slice off the top of a pear “and eat it with a teaspoon like a boiled egg”.

He added that about 200 pears were brought to Buckingham Palace where he would choose the ripest by hand.

Mr McGrady added that the rule of never eating with your hands also extends to anyone else at a royal banquet.

He added that all guests are provided with a “dessert knife and fork, a small plate and a finger bowl”.

Fans of the royal family are always surprised to hear the sometimes complicated requests sent down to the royal kitchen.

Princess Anne is one such royal family member who had a peculiar request for food.

READ MORE: Hands off! Queen has ‘personal box of chocolates so no one eats them’

Mr McGrady also admitted that grapes are one of the easiest fruits to eat.

He said: “Grapes are the most popular as they are the easiest to eat and cut into smaller bunches of four or five grapes.”



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