This year Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain is celebrating 60 years on the throne with a Diamond Jubilee. The celebration has been ongoing since the beginning of the year, and the special events have been chronicled and announced on the official website of the Diamond Jubilee. As noted on the website, the weekend of June 2nd – 5th will be marked with celebrations throughout the kingdom and known as the “central weekend” of the celebration.
I lived in Scotland for a time during college — one of the best experiences of my life — and thus I have a particular affinity for Great Britain. My family has even traced our ancestry back to Scotland and England. To mark the Diamond Jubilee here on Babble, I decided to compile a list of some of the Queen’s favorite foods. These are all traditional British dishes and are a great way to celebrate Her Majesty’s service to her country for 60 years and counting! Check them out, after the jump!
Tea Cakes in the Afternoon 1 of 9Per British tradition, the Queen takes tea in the afternoon and prefers bites like sweet cakes, decrusted jam sandwiches, and biscuits. It it is noted by her former chef that she enjoys sweets in the afternoon but takes care not to overindulge. This light and flavorful cake is just the dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth at teatime — without spoiling dinner.
Make brown sugar tea cake
Chocolate Biscuits 2 of 9Chocolate biscuits are a favorite sweet of the Queen at tea, but she's not the only royal who has taken a liking to them. An entire cake made of chocolate biscuits was served at Prince William's wedding! These chocolate sandwich cookies remind us of those beloved British biscuits.
Make chocolate strawberry sandwich cookies
Classic Cream Scones with Tea 3 of 9Cream scones are another treat that are traditionally served during tea in Britain. This recipe for classic drop scones was given to Good Morning America by the Queen's kitchen. They would pair beautifully with fresh jam and clotted cream.
Make classic cream scones for tea
Jam Pennies 4 of 9Among the many sweets the Queen enjoys, "jam pennies" are a particular favorite, says former royal chef Darren McCrady. These tasty treats are
tiny, raspberry jam sandwiches cut into the size of an old English penny. Rolling smaller pieces of dough with this Linzer cookie recipe is an easy way to make your own version of jam pennies at home!
Make jam pennies
Perfect Grilled Fish with Spinach 5 of 9
Salmon from Balmoral for Dinner 6 of 9
Classic Cottage Pie 7 of 9This classic British dish layers meat and potatoes to make a delicious, hearty meal. It is reportedly a favorite of the Royal Family. The former Royal Chef even revealed the recipe to The Today Show. If you want to try a cheesier variety, here is one that has been souped up with cheddar!
Make cheddar sirloin cottage pie
Chocolate Pie 8 of 9It has been reported that "chocolate perfection pie" is the Queen's absolute favorite dessert. Careful not to overeat, she enjoys just a small sliver whenever it is prepared for her. Good luck having the Queen's willpower when it comes to this decadent chocolate pie!
Make chocolate pie
Perfect Grilled Fish with Spinach for Lunch 9 of 9Former Royal Chef, Darren McGrady, recently revealed the Queen prefers "clean and simple" food over fussy, heavy meals. She would frequently eat meals like this grilled fish with spinach for lunch
Here is how you can make your own grilled fish meal
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