Foods the royals are banned from eating when dining out

2018-07-23 15:41
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Cape Town - The British royal family is known for its protocol and rules – and it even applies to food!

When travelling or dining out, there are certain foods the royals aren’t allowed to eat, like rare meats, foreign water, anything too spicy or exotic and shellfish, reports the BBC.

This is simply to avoid getting sick with stomach pains or food poisoning especially when travelling.

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The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention states that “when an individual eats raw oysters that contain vibrio, a bacteria that exists in coastal waters, it increases their chances of developing an illness called vibriosis”, according to The Independent.

Even though traditions die out or change over time, it’s been said that Queen Elizabeth II sticks to this tradition when in other countries, reports The Sun.

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The forbidden food isn’t the only rule the royal family has to stick to, they also have a specific dress code.

Etiquette expert William Hanson said trousers on a young boy in the UK are seen as “suburban” and not suitable for a royal, reports The Sun.

“Kate has to find a balance between royal tradition, heritage and more proletariat customs, such as the 'suburban' habit of making young boys wear trousers," Hanson said.

Another tradition is the queen’s obsession with gloves and bright colours. It turns out the reason the monarch wears gloves is to prevent the spread of germs when she shakes hands with people at functions. The bright coloured outfits, on the other hand, are specially designed so she can stand out in a crowd.

"If I wore beige nobody would know who I am,” the queen said.

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Sources: BBC, The Independent, The Sun

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