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Queen tea! Royal chef lays bare monarch’s favourite afternoon snack - 'Whole cake'

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Darren McGrady, who has shocked fans over the years with his culinary revelations, revealed the monarch’s preferences for one of the nation’s favourite pastimes. He told Hello! the 95-year-old is a huge fan of ginger cakes and chocolate biscuit cakes.

Her Majesty is such a big fan of the cakes she has even been known to take some with her on her travels.

Mr McGrady said: “The royal chefs send a whole cake up to Her Majesty every day for tea.

“She will sometimes take a slice and then it is never seen at the royal table again.

“The chocolate biscuit cake is the only cake that goes up to the royal table every day until it has all gone – sometimes this means it following her to Windsor Castle for the weekend.”

Queen tea

Queen tea! Royal chef lays bare monarch’s favourite afternoon snack - 'Whole cake' (Image: Getty Images)

Afternoon tea

Afternoon tea - Queen's favourite snack laid bare (Image: Getty Images)

The Queen has afternoon tea served daily.

Her Majesty’s butler Grant Harrold shared in 2018 how the Queen prefers Assam and Earl Grey tea.

Speaking on the BBC Three comedy show Miss Holland, Mr Grant explained: “I am sure the Queen enjoys her Assam or her Earl Grey the traditional way, made with tea leaves in a teapot and poured into a fine bone china teacup.

“She will also use a strainer.

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The Queen prefers Assam and Earl Grey Tea (Image: Getty Images)

Royal Family Tree

Royal Family Tree (Image: Getty Images)

“It is also a myth that members of Royalty use their pinkie when drinking, I have never seen that happen once.

He also shared the monarch’s favourite finger sandwiches are all crustless and contain cucumber, egg or smoked salmon.

Members of the Royal Family are normally prevented from eating any foods with their hands due to a bizarre tradition.

However, Mr McGrady told Insider the rule doesn’t apply to afternoon tea.

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Harrold said it was a myth that Royals use their pinkie when drinking (Image: Getty Images)

Queen's favourite tea laid bare

Queen's favourite tea laid bare (Image: Getty Images)

He said: “Her Majesty's Victorian upbringing dictates that the only thing you would pick up and eat with your fingers is afternoon tea.”

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