Queen Elizabeth once sent a savage note to a palace chef when she found a slug in her food
As the U.K.’s reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II is known for her corgis and fantastically colorful outfits. But it turns out she also has a wicked sense of humor and is rumored to royally throw shade on occasion, as evidenced in a recently published note that she once sent to her palace chef. Hello! magazine reports that in a new book called Dinner at Buckingham Palace, former servant Charles Oliver recalls an incident when the queen discovered a dead slug on her plate—and did not let her chef live it down.
In his book, Oliver reveals that the queen and Prince Philip record details of their dining experiences in a notebook, where they sometimes write suggestions or recommendations. And although the former footman wrote that the queen doesn’t have many complaints, there was one particularly memorable moment.
"Once, on a torn-off top sheet the footmen found the dead body of a slug,' Oliver writes. "'I found this in the salad–could you eat it?' the Queen had written on the pad."
It sounds like Her Majesty should officially change her title to Queen of Sass.
Oliver adds that usually, when the queen writes in the book, it’s to make sure her guests are satisfied with their meals. He writes that when a guest reveals that they don’t like a certain food, the monarch “will make a discreet note for future reference.”
"This is duly recorded by the kitchen and remembered, should the guest come again," he notes.
The Daily Express notes that the queen chooses her meals from a red leather book, crossing out any foods she doesn’t like. The royal matriarch apparently prefers to eat healthy foods, and she’ll turn down produce that’s not in season. It seems that the queen also doesn’t care for slugs—and we can’t say we blame her.