Royal travel: Queen Elizabeth’s budget-friendly inflight meal may surprise you

Queen Elizabeth is one of the world’s most well-travelled monarchs and is no stranger to the luxurious elements of air travel. However, while private jets and first-class cabins may be the norm when it comes to the inflight menu, it seems the Queen has a particularly budget-friendly favourite.


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According to former pilot of the royal plane Graham Laurie, the Queen has a particular taste for Fray Bentos tinned pies.

The tinned pies cost around £2.50 to buy and come in a range of flavours including steak and kidney, and minced beef and onion.

Speaking as part of Channel 5 documentary ‘Secrets of the Royal Flight’, the pilot said: “Do you know, they used to love it.

“I think it’s such a lovely change from all that fancy food which comes first class!”

In fact, Queen Elizabeth has been described as “not fussy” when it comes to food.

In his 1983 book ‘Andrew: The Playboy Prince’, royal biographer Andrew Morton wrote: “The Queen is not fussy about her food; what she eats is more a matter of prudence than taste.”

While she may enjoy a more casual inflight meal from time to time, the monarch also has some more luxurious requests when flying.

Her Majesty is particularly specific when it comes to the beverages she drinks.

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Peter Pigott in his book Royal Transport wrote: “For each state visit, the royal family brought with them five tonnes of luggage, including Malvern water for the Queen’s tea.”

In the Channel 5 documentary, former royal spokesperson Dickie Arbiter added: “The only thing the Queen requests to have wherever she is is Malvern Water.

“She likes Malvern water, it’s refreshing and they usually take lots of it with her.”

She also ensures she has a large supply of Earl Grey tea with her when travelling, which is created “especially for her by Twining’s”, according to the MailOnline.


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Royal Correspondent Emily Andrews added: “She loves afternoon tea, it’s her favourite meal and she only drinks earl grey.

“So if you were the chef on board the Royal Plane you would definitely make sure that you had an entire supply of earl grey.

“Not just for the plane journey but wherever you were going on tour on tour.”

It isn’t just onboard the planes that the royals enjoy a taste of luxury.

Prior to boarding, the family have their own private terminal located in Heathrow airport.

Named the “Windsor Suite” the terminal is tucked away in a secret location somewhere in the airport’s Terminal Five.

The Royal’s are able to kick back and relax here before jetting off.

According to Ms Andrews: “It’s basically like a posh hotel lounge, where they just turn about 40 minutes to an hour before if that.”

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