Queen Elizabeth: Monarch refuses to do one thing when she travels due to poisoning risk

Queen Elizabeth has travelled to numerous countries all over the world on state visits. Such royal trips see the monarch attend a number of engagements. Hosts have to remember the many rules that must be followed when a member of the British Royal Family visits.

The reason for this is twofold. Firstly, according to former royal chef Darren McGrady, she prefers her meat well done.

Secondly, all members of the Royal Family are banned from eating raw meat.

This, therefore, excludes such delicacies as steak tartare.

This rule is to prevent the royals from getting food poisoning.


Raw meat, including poultry, can contain harmful bacteria that can spread easily to anything it touches.

Symptoms of food poisoning include: feeling sick (nausea), diarrhoea, being sick (vomiting), stomach cramps, a high temperature of 38C or above, feeling generally unwell – such as feeling tired or having aches and chills.

Not only would this be highly unpleasant and bad for the royals’ health, but it would also put them out of action during the important state visit.

Raw meat isn’t the only food the Queen won’t eat while away.

Shellfish is also off the menu during travel, again for fear of food poisoning.

Former royal butler Grant Harold told Woman & Home magazine: “It is a very sensible move to abandon having seafood when out and about on public duties.

“We don’t want a member of the Royal family having a serious reaction to food poisoning, especially if she is on an overseas tour.”

The Queen is said to always stick to this rule.

However, some members of the royal clan do occasionally flout it.

Prince William has previously revealed his love of sushi.

“My wife and I love sushi,” he once said when touring cultural centre Japan House on Kensington High Street in 2018.

Prince Charles has also been known to sample shellfish.

Royal also steer clear of garlic – but not because it is dangerous.

This food rule is in place to prevent them from having bad breath when they greet others.


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