The Queen's hilarious reaction to finding a slug in her salad

A royal insider has revealed the Queen's hilarious reaction to finding a slug in her meal

Queen Elizabeth II (wearing her Vanguard Rose Brooch which she received in 1944 from Messrs John Brown and Co. when she launched HMS Vanguard) attends the Out-Sourcing Inc. Royal Windsor Cup polo match and a carriage driving display by the British Driving Society at Guards Polo Club, Smith's Lawn on July 11, 2021 in Egham, England.
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The Queen was once served a dead slug in her salad and according to a royal insider she had a typically hilarious reaction to the new addition to her meal.

From the bizarre way the Queen eats burgers to Princess Charlotte's favorite snack being olives, members of the royal family have always had interesting eating habits that have both inspired and confused fans.

It has now been revealed by the Queen's former servant, Charles Oliver, in his book 'Dinner at Buckingham Palace', that the Queen had another funny habit that led to a hilarious note being left for her staff. 

The former servant revealed that when the Queen and her late husband Prince Philip would dine together, they would keep a notepad next to their plates so they could make notes about the meal and give feedback to the chef.

On one occasion, the servant recalled that the Queen found a dead slug in her salad and left a hilarious note to the chef on a piece of paper she tore off from her notepad. 

Charles revealed in the new novel, "Once, on a torn-off top sheet the footmen found the dead body of a slug,” Oliver added that on the note the Queen had written, “I found this in the salad—could you eat it?"


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Charles also revealed in the novel that although the Queen often kept her notebook by her side during meal times, it was hardly used. The servant said that the Queen is"not fussy about food,” and therefore the notebook mostly remains blank.

However, the former employee did recall some occasions when the Queen used the notebook. Charles revealed that the Queen notes what her guests like to eat and makes a reference in her notebook for when they next return to Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle for a royal dinner.

"The Queen will make a discreet note for future reference,” Charles wrote. “This is duly recorded by the kitchen and remembered, should the guest come again.”

Although the Queen notes her guest's likes and dislikes, the Queen has never revealed her favorite meal. This is yet another one of the Queen's quirky eating habits.

Laura Harman

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