Why The Royals Aren't Served Spicy Or Exotic Foods

When you think of the royal family, it's only natural to think that they're probably able to feast on a variety of foods from all over the world, including exotic dishes that you'd regularly be hard-pressed to find. But guess what: The reality is quite different. The Queen has a set of rules as far food options are concerned and she's quite strict about making sure that they're enforced.

Basically, if you're a part of the royal family, foods that contain a lot of onions and garlic are totally off-limits on account of the fact that the royals often need to interact with lots of people on a regular basis and cannot afford to slip up. Of course, onions are used in their dishes but sparingly. An ex-royal chef once told the National Post, "They're missing out on garlic, because at Buckingham Palace, you don't cook with garlic. I suppose, in case you get the royal burp."

It's a way to safeguard their health and public image

The reason the royal family cannot feast on exotic food items like rare meats and shellfish is simple: they're more likely to fall ill if they're eating shellfish while traveling. Similarly, rare meat dishes can carry the risk of being exposed to E. coli and lead to symptoms like vomiting, cramps, and diarrhea. Plus, consuming rare meats may also put members of the royal family at risk of falling prey to listeria. Trying a tempting new food is not quite worth the risk of food poisoning.

Royals also have an image to maintain. Think about it: if a royal family member is trying an exotic, spicy curry for the first time ever in a foreign land and finds them sniffling from the heat, it doesn't work very well for their public persona as they struggle to maintain a stoic expression in front of other dignitaries and guests. As the BBC explains, these affairs should run seamlessly without digestive complications causing disturbances. oh well.