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Queen Elizabeth eats this simple cereal for breakfast

A former royal chef revealed the humble meal that Queen Elizabeth II eats to start her day.
/ Source: TODAY

It turns out that eating breakfast like a true royal is actually pretty easy.

If you think Queen Elizabeth's breakfast is a succession of royal servants bringing her diamond-encrusted gold plates piled with the traditional English morning feast of bacon, eggs, sausages, mushrooms, grilled tomatoes and toast with marmalade ... you're way off.

The Queen's breakfast
Queen Elizabeth II only needs some cold cereal and tea to get her day started. Getty Images / Shutterstock stock

The former royal chef for Queen Elizabeth II revealed to Marie Claire magazine earlier this month that breakfast for the 91-year-old monarch is surprisingly light.

"Breakfast was very simple for Her Majesty,'' chef Darren McGrady told the magazine. "Some Kellogg'scereal from a plastic container, which she'd serve herself. And some Darjeeling tea."

She'd serve herself? As far as the specific cereal she eats, McGrady told The Telegraph back in 2015 that it's usually Special K with fruit.

The Queen actually owns her own McDonald's franchise so she could, in theory, have all the Egg McMuffins and hash browns she wants every day. But the secret to her longevity might just be not overdoing it at mealtime.

The Queen's simple breakfast is part of her overall disciplined eating habits. You certainly don't live to be 91 by accident.

She eats practically the same thing every single day for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as long as there is no garlic on anything. Her eating habits are pretty normal compared to Prince Harry, who's never even had s'mores by the campfire.

If your image of a royal breakfast has been shattered, there are still some special flourishes fit for a queen. McGrady added that she will occasionally eat a morning meal off a plate worth more than most people's homes.

"It was a marble dish with three gold horses,'' he told Marie Claire. "The dish was encrusted in diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and emeralds. Thirty-something years ago it was valued at 500,000 pounds."

Now that's a royal breakfast!

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