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Here's what Queen Elizabeth eats for breakfast, lunch and dinner

I don't know about you, but when I picture Queen Elizabeth eating, I envision her surrounded by the most decadent of feasts: hulking roasts, tubs of mashed potatoes, massive cakes, towers of cupcakes and biscuits — basically something straight out of "A Little Princess."

But Darren McGrady, a former chef in the royal kitchens, told The Telegraph that the queen is actually "not a foodie." He explained, "She eats to live, unlike Prince Philip who loves to eat and would stand and talk food all day." (Fun fact: The Duke of Edinburgh is a barbecue enthusiast.)

"When she dines on her own," he added, "she’s very disciplined. No starch is the rule."

So what, exactly, does she eat, then?

Well, twice a week, the head chef to the royal household, Mark Flanagan, gives the queen menu options and she checks off what she likes and crosses off what she doesn't.

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This is what a typical day of eating for Her Majesty looks like:

Breakfast

The queen starts her day with a cup of Earl Grey tea (no milk or sugar) in bone china with a few biscuits (aka cookies), according to British Telecommunications.

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She then typically transitions to a breakfast of fruit and cereal — she's partial to Special K, according to The Telegraph.

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Sometimes, though, she'll change it up with toast and marmalade or, on special occasions, scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and a grating of truffle. She prefers brown eggs because she thinks they taste better.

Lunch

Before lunch, she'll partake in a little light drinking (does that mean we all can?) — specifically a gin and Dubonnet (a wine-based aperitif) with a slice of lemon and a lot of ice.

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Her Majesty likes to keep it simple for her midday meal with something like fish with vegetables or grilled chicken with salad. McGrady said a favorite meal of hers is grilled Dover sole with wilted spinach or courgettes (that's zucchini to those of us on the other side of the pond). No potatoes, rice, pasta — anything starchy — when she's eating alone.

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High tea

This is where that scene from "A Little Princess" might actually apply. The queen goes all out for her daily afternoon tea — there's a traditional spread, complete with finger sandwiches, scones and her favorite cakes — because, well, she's the queen.

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No crusts for the Queen.

McGrady said that she must have two types of sandwiches, such as cucumber, smoked salmon, egg with mayonnaise, ham and mustard — crusts cut off, naturally. She also enjoys the crust-less jam pennies, tiny raspberry jam sandwiches cut into circles the size of an old English penny.

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Dinner

While some sources say that Her Majesty prefers "a relaxed meal of lamb, roast beef, mutton, grouse or salmon" most evenings, others say she "enjoys a Sunday roast after church" or Gaelic steak, made from fillets of beef and venison from Sandringham and Balmoral (Her Majesty's Christmas retreat and summer residence, respectively), served in a sauce of mushroom, cream and whisky. Whichever type of meat it is, she doesn't do rare — only well done.

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She may have a dry Martini with dinner, but never wine — that's for later.

Dessert

She finishes her day on a light and fresh note — with strawberries grown at Balmoral and sweet white peaches grown in her greenhouses at Windsor Castle. Maybe some chocolate, too. The queen loves chocolate.

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And she washes it all down with a glass of Champagne. Because being queen is something to pop open a bottle of bubbly for every day.

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