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The Queen won’t let 13 people sit down at a dinner table in case her GUESTS are superstitious, royal commentator claims (but she does believe in ghosts)
- Queen, 93, won’t let 13 people sit down at a dinner table royal commentator said
- Phil Dampier told reason isn’t because she’s superstitious, but in case guests are
- Revealed monarch believes in ghosts and has several lucky charms in handbag
The Queen ensures she never has 13 guests when she hosts a formal banquet at Buckingham Palace, a royal commentator has claimed.
Her Majesty, 93, is very particular when it comes to handing out invites, making sure she avoids the odd number just in case those on the exclusive list are superstitious.
‘She won’t let 13 people sit down at a dinner table, not because she is superstitious but in case guests are,’ Phil Dampier told Fabulous Digital.
However, while he pointed out she doesn’t associate the number 13 with being particularly unlucky, she does have other supernatural beliefs.
The Queen, 93, never has 13 guests when she hosts a banquet dinner in case those invited are superstitious, royal commentator Phil Dampier revealed. Pictured, the monarch at a State Banquet at Blackheads House British Royal visit to Tallinn in Estonia on 19th Oct 2006
The Queen overseeing the preparations of a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace (pictured)
‘She does believes in ghosts and has several lucky charms in her handbag,’ he added.
And while many would assume the perks of being the monarch is to have your food specially prepared, a documentary previously revealed how Her Majesty is served a plate at random during state dinners to avoid assassination attempts.
In secrets of the Royal Kitchens, which aired on Channel 5 back in September, royal correspondent Emily Andrews explained: ‘After everything is plated up, a page chooses at random one of the plates to be served to Her Majesty.
‘So if anyone did want to poison the monarch, they’d have to poison the whole lot.’
U.S. President Donald Trump and Queen Elizabeth II make a toast during a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on June 3, 2019 in London (pictured)
It’s previously been revealed Her Majesty is served a plate at random during state dinners to avoid assassination attempts. Pictured, Buckingham Palace
The programme also revealed how The Queen oversees all the food served at the Palace by approving menus presented to her by the chefs.
Darren McGrady, who worked for the royal household for 15 years as chef to the Queen, explained Her Majesty is presented with suggestions for the next few days ahead.
‘The chef does three days’ menus and that gives us enough time to get all the produce in and prepare it,’ he said.
‘When the menu book goes up to the Queen she puts a line through all the dishes she doesn’t want.’
The Queen also decides of which ingredients are to be banned from the castle, or used sparingly.
Garlic, Darren added, is thus banned from the premises, and only a small dose of onions is tolerated.
The Queen smiles as she an her guest Nicolas Sarkozy, then president of France, sat next to the Duchess of Cornwall as they await their plates, during a state banquet at Windsor Castle in 2008
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