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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip visited the USA for the second time in 1957. The Queen was 31 years old at the time of the visit and followed a mammoth itinerary during the trip alongside the Duke of Edinburgh. “The pace was relentless,” said royal author Robert Hardman in his 2018 book Queen of the World. “During a fifteen-hour visit to New York, the Queen managed to address the United Nations, attend a mayoral lunch for 1,500, an English Speaking Union dinner for 4,500 and a separate Commonwealth ball for 4,500,” he said.

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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip experienced a very unusual ‘first’ on USA royal tour

In Washington DC, one million people came out to welcome her and a state banquet was laid on at the White House by President Eisenhower and his wife.

Not all the royal couple’s activities were so luxurious and large-scale, however.

It was during this USA trip that the Queen and Prince Philip experienced a life ‘first.’

Interestingly, it was something most Britons do on a regular basis – but not the royal family.

Hardman explained that the couple “paid their first visit to a supermarket.”

Although a chore for many people, Elizabeth saw a surprising positive to the shopping experience.

Queen Elizabeth II was 31 years old at the time of the visit and followed a mammoth itinerary (Image: Getty Images)

“‘How nice you can bring your children along,’ she told shoppers as she marvelled at the sight of a frozen food section,” wrote Hardman.

Elizabeth has very strong rules when it comes to eating while away on visits abroad.

A royal expert revealed that foreign chefs are given instructions by The Master of the Household department.

Telegraph reporter Gordon Rayner, who has attended 20 royal tours, said they are told not to cook anything with garlic as the Queen won’t eat it. 

This strict rule is to avoid giving the Queen bad breath as she will have to greet a number of important people during royal tours.

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The same restriction applies to spice. “The Master of the Household department will be in the reconnaissance party to tell foreign chefs not to cook anything with garlic or too much spice for fear of giving the Queen bad breath,” Rayner wrote in The Telegraph.

Not all food rules are related to breath, however, and can prove a matter of life and death.

Foreign chefs are told not to cook shellfish or anything that could cause poisoning.

The Queen is also quite particular when it comes to her choice of drink too.

Author Peter Pigott in his book Royal Transport claimed the royal family would bring five tonnes of luggage on board the Royal Yacht Britannia, “including Malvern water for the Queen’s tea.” 

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