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This is the Queen’s ideal three-course lunch, as chosen by Buckingham Palace

The palace-approved menu includes salmon, lamb and orange tart, according to the man making her lunch on board HMS Queen Elizabeth during a naval ceremony

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 07 December, 2017, 4:07pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 07 December, 2017, 4:11pm

By Kieran Corcoran
Queen Elizabeth II gets to go to a lot of banquets, state dinners, and other grand occasions where fine dining is de rigueur.

The tastes of the world’s longest-serving head of state are the subject of extensive speculation — so we found out the truth behind what she favours from the man who will prepare her lunch today.

Business Insider was invited on board HMS Queen Elizabeth, the Royal Navy’s newest aircraft carrier, ahead of a royal visit taking place on Thursday at the naval base in Portsmouth, southern England.

On board we spoke to Petty Officer Dean Allen, who works as a chef on board and will be in charge of preparing the meal for the monarch when she visits.

 

Here are the dishes chosen for the three-course menu

 

Starter:

Salmon tian with fennel and apple salad

Main course:

Double rib of lamb with broad bean cassoulet and lemon jus

Dessert:

Burnt orange tart with poached meringue and blackberry compote

Allen told us that his team submitted several menu ideas ahead of the event, then sent them to officials at Buckingham Palace who made the final call on what should be served.

The lunch, which is for the Queen and 31 other dignitaries, is part of a ceremony in which Her Majesty will formally accept HMS Queen Elizabeth as part of the Royal Navy, a process called “commissioning.”

The ceremony will see the Queen visit the ship, inspect a naval guard of honour, and celebrate the beginning of the ship’s naval career along with her crew and their families.

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