Queen Elizabeth II died on September 8, 2022, at age 96 while at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.
Over the years, some people close to the Queen have shared anecdotes about the monarch.
Former royal chef Darren McGrady shared details about the Queen's eating habits in his cookbook.
The late Queen Elizabeth had a few preferences when it came to food, according to her former royal chef Darren McGrady.
Members of the British royal family are mourning the loss of Queen Elizabeth II, who died at Balmoral Castle on September 8, 2022, at age 96.
The late Queen made history as the longest-serving monarch in British history, on the throne for 70 years. Over the years, some people close to the Queen have shared anecdotes about the monarch.
For example, one former royal chef, Darren McGrady, shared little-known details about the Queen's eating habits in his 2007 cookbook, "Eating Royally: Recipes and Remembrances from a Palace Kitchen."
McGrady spent 15 years as a chef for the Queen at Buckingham Palace and Princess Diana at Kensington Palace. He joined the Queen's staff in 1982 before transferring to Diana's staff in 1993. McGrady remained at Kensington Palace until Diana died in August 1997.
For example, Queen Elizabeth ordered scones with her tea daily — but gave them to her corgis instead.
According to McGrady's cookbook, scones were part of Queen Elizabeth's daily tea service during his time at Buckingham Palace.
"They were served religiously each day, alternating between fruit scones or plain scones," McGrady wrote. "While the Queen insisted on them as part of her tea, I suspect she didn't actually like scones. I say that because she never, ever ate them."
McGrady added that the Queen would feed them to her corgis.
"Instead, at the end of her daily tea, the Queen would take a scone and crumble it onto the floor for the corgis. It seems the dogs quite liked them," he wrote.
Chefs weren't allowed to cut tea sandwiches into rectangles or squares because they resembled coffins, according to McGrady.
McGrady recalled asking a fellow chef why it was required to trim corners off of tea sandwiches for Queen Elizabeth during his early days at Buckingham Palace.
"I was told to never cut a square or a rectangle," McGrady wrote in his cookbook. "It looked too much like a coffin and it meant you wished the Queen ill. I was mindful to never make that mistake."
The head chef developed menu selections for Queen Elizabeth daily.
McGrady wrote that the head chef "would develop a list of menu suggestions" each day for Queen Elizabeth to approve.
"Each day he would write his suggestions down in a red leather-bound book with 'Menu Royal' embossed in gold on the cover," McGrady wrote. "As soon as one book was filled, it was sent to the royal archives and a new book was sent to the kitchen as a replacement."
McGrady attempted to record Princess Diana's daily menus when he moved to Kensington Palace, but she had no interest.
"She thought it was a waste of money and asked, 'Why would anyone in years to come want to know what I ate?'" McGrady said of Diana.
The Queen had a well-known love for chocolate but gave up the treat each year for Lent.
As McGrady wrote in his book, the Queen gave up chocolate for Lent, so she did without "her favorite Bendicks Bittermints and Charbonnel et Walker chocolates."
"On Easter Sunday the chefs would go to great lengths to prepare all sorts of chocolate treats to make up for the forty-day abstinence," McGrady wrote. "There were chocolate cakes plus milk chocolate, white chocolate, and bittersweet chocolate eggs.
McGrady added that the chocolate sweets were served at royal teatime for "several days" before being placed in the staff dining room.
Queen Elizabeth was "particular" about eating fruits in season.
In a chapter about Windsor Castle, McGrady wrote about the Queen's love for the Royal Ascot during the summer. The Royal Ascot is a prestigious five-day horse racing event in the UK founded by Queen Anne in 1711.
"Ascot kicked off the summer for palace chefs," McGrady wrote. "Now we could use strawberries, cherries, and all the wonderful summer fruits."
He continued: "The Queen was quite particular about eating fruits in season. We could serve strawberries almost every day during the summer — but woe betide any chef who put them on the menu in January."
McGrady always knew when Queen Elizabeth was ready for lunch at Sandringham Estate's Wood Farm because of her horde of corgis.
Wood Farm is found on the Queen's Sandringham Estate, a private residence, in Norfolk.
"The dining room was right next to the kitchen, and we knew when the Queen was coming through for lunch because the door was always open and the dogs would be herded into the kitchen," McGrady wrote.
"I could feel as many as twelve in the royal dining room and six in the staff room, all the while navigating around the dogs, which were jumping for tidbits," he continued. "You couldn't push the dogs away, for the Queen would hear them yelp in the next room and know what was going on."
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