Queen Elizabeth II does not like garlic and hence at Buckingham Palace nothing is prepared with garlic. Chef John Higgins, a former chef at the Buckingham Palace, reportedly revealed some fun facts about the queen ahead of her 90th birthday Thursday.

“The Queen is a wonderful lady, the royal family are wonderful people but they’re missing out on garlic because at Buckingham Palace you don’t cook with garlic. I suppose, in case you get the royal burp,” Higgins reportedly said. 

The former palace chef said that the queen enjoyed eating mangoes and could tell how many mangoes were in the fridge at Buckingham Palace. The now director of Chefs’ House at George Brown College in Toronto, Higgins dished out some of Elizabeth’s favorite foods and desserts.

The former chef boasted that he danced with the queen as well as the Queen Mother. Higgins reportedly said that Elizabeth is a stickler when it comes to the royal menu. In fact, the former royal chef added that he made chocolate mousse, which was one of the queen’s favorite desserts and was served almost regularly at the palace.

He recounted an instance when he made chocolate mousse and the plates were clean when they came back from the royal family. According to Higgins, his chocolate mousse is very simple and he believed that good food does not need to be complicated. Besides, he said that “little dainty afternoon tea sandwiches” were also made at Buckingham Palace.

Meanwhile, Elizabeth’s former personal chef Darren McGrady told the Telegraph that rice, potatoes, and pasta are never served for dinner when "she dines on her own," as she's very “disciplined.” He added that when the royal has sandwiches, the bread crusts are always cut off. 

This apart, Elizabeth loved chocolate biscuit cake, chocolate mousse and chocolate ganache sponge cake. Her favorites among fresh fruits besides mangoes are strawberries and peaches, especially ones grown at Windsor Castle. And lastly, the queen ends her day with gin and Dubonnet