King Charles III given thank-you gift after banning 'despicable' dish in all royal households

The King has banned foie gras from being served at his royal residences, Buckingham Palace has confirmed

King Charles III given thank-you gift after banning 'despicable' dish in all royal households
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King Charles III has been sent a special gift of gratitude after banning foie gras at all his royal households. 


King Charles III has banned foie gras from all of the royal households, according to an update from Buckingham Palace

It's understood that His Majesty had previously refused that the dish is served at Highgrove House and Clarence House, and has now extended this rule to the rest of the Crown's residences. 

The news was confirmed by Buckingham Palace in a letter to the animal rights group, PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals), with the royal headquarters adding that "there are no plans for this policy to change." 

In practice, this means that foie gras will be scrapped from menus at Balmoral Castle, Sandringham House, Windsor Castle, Hillsborough Castle, and of course, Buckingham Palace. The controversial dish, which is made from the liver of a duck or a goose, has long held a reputation as one of the cruelest animal products on the market. 

Foie gras

Foie gras

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Often described by its opponents as 'torture in a tin', the French delicacy requires birds to be force-fed with metal tubes so that they eat abnormally large amounts of food. This process causes the bird's liver to swell to a size that can be 10 times that of its natural state, placing the animal at high risk of organ failure, wounded peaks, and even pneumonia. 

King Charles' blanket ban on foie gras at his royal households has been celebrated by animal rights activists, many of whom have been calling for the practice to be outlawed for decades. 

Charles and Camilla

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PETA's vice president, Elisa Allen, revealed that the organization now "encourages everyone to follow the King’s lead and leave foie gras off the menu this Christmas and beyond." The group also revealed that it is sending Charles a hamper of 'faux gras', made specially by Michelin star vegan chef Alexis Gauthier, as a gesture of gratitude. Another PETA spokesperson praised the King's 'compassionate policy' to ban the 'despicable product.' 

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