I always imagined that receiving a letter from the Queen would be really exciting.
My grandparents received a congratulatory message from Liz herself for their 60th (Diamond) wedding anniversary and they were stoked.
But… Not all letters are good. If you’re Her Majesty’s personal chef and she sends you a note back after dinner you may have cause for concern.
The Daily Mail reported that on one occasion the Queen sent a very sassy note to her kitchen staff after her meal, but she had good reason.
She tore off a sheet from the comments book she uses to convey her appreciation (or not…) to her chef and wrote: “I found this in my salad – could you eat it?”
Alongside the note was a carefully positioned dead slug.
Surprisingly, the comments book remains mainly empty as the Queen is not one to complain – but who can ignore a dead slug?
The Queen selects her meals from a list of suggested menus written by the royal chef, presented in a red leather-bound book.
She marks her selection in pencil, strikes out dishes she doesn’t want and writes in alternatives.
According to the Daily Express, the Queen is a huge fan of seasonal, organic food.
Darren McGrady, a former royal chef who worked for the palaces for 15 years, told them of the monarch’s disdain for non-organic or out-of-season foods (apparently she also hates pasta – WHAT?)
“Try including strawberries on the menu in January and she’ll scrub out the line and say don’t dare send me genetically modified strawberries.”
And while she certainly doesn’t cook for herself, the Queen has no problem with washing up.
A memoir by former palace press secretary Dickie Arbiter recalled the time he cheekily ordered her to dry, while he washed the dishes.
She put him back in his place with a “quiet but firm voice”: “No, I’ll wash, you dry,” she replied.