Here’s How Much The Queen Spends On Food And Drink

by : Francesca Donovan on : 20 Nov 2016 16:40

The Queen is many things – sovereign leader, diplomat, great-grandmother and life-long socialite.

But one of Queen Elizabeth II’s most important responsibilities as she sits on the British throne is playing host and making nice with reams of powerful world leaders.


And as you can imagine, these people have a taste for luxury which racks up a rather expensive food bill.

According to the Mirror, last year alone, the Queen spent £1.4 million on food and around £500,000 on wine and spirits.

The Buckingham Palace kitchen is the epicentre of fine wining and dining, dishing up the finest poultry in all the land and the tastiest fish in British waters, as well as an array of delicious world cuisine…


The monarchy prides itself on representing local businesses and boosting the economy, and the food served up is no exception.

Her annual garden party sees cakes, scones and pasties the likes of which would make Mary Berry’s mouth water, in scenes of a truly Great British Bake Off.

? a selection of the cakes available to guests at today's Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.

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You can almost hear the dulcet chimes of God Save The Queen in the background.

So what does a Royal menu actually look like?

What's on the Menu for tonight's #ColombiaStateVisit Banquet at Buckingham Palace? Here it is!

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A bottle of the 2007 Gusbourne, a fine sparkling wine from Kent, would have cost Her Majesty up to £60 per bottle and the Pol Roger champagne goes for at least £400 a pop.


With Queenie and her army of Buckingham Palace staff on hand to entertain over 92,000 guest every year, the menu – and the expense – is apparently of national importance.

I think we can all agree this is fit for a Queen.

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Francesca Donovan

A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you've never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.

Topics: Food, Crazy


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    This is how much the Queen spent on food and drink last year