The Queen’s ‘cheeky’ snack before breakfast hints at her sweet tooth

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From an evening glass of gin to time spent with her corgis, the Queen has more than a few simple pleasures.

And the her love of one small snack will certainly gain the approval of her great-grandchildren, and shock a few people in the process.

At 95, the monarch is entitled to her share of the finer things in life and some are a little more extravagant than others.

With recent health scares and long life of events and services, she is probably allowed a few small pleasures and a bit of rest.

So what tasty snack does the Queen enjoy behind closed doors?

The Queen's favourite snack

Like many of us, her majesty enjoys a bit of chocolate. However — rather strangely — she apparently enjoys it before breakfast.

Not all of us start the day with a chocolate bar, but some would argue that the Queen is entitled to indulge in a morning treat after reigning over the country for 69 years.

Former royal chef Darren McGrady said: "When I was there… Chocolate Bath Olivers. She is absolutely a chocoholic.

"Anything we put on the menu that had chocolate on, she would choose, especially chocolate perfection pie."

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It is quite the coup for the makers of the biscuit, Huntley & Palmer.

They describe Chocolate Olivers on their website as: "Rich, dark chocolate, generously enrobed around a crisp slow-baked biscuit Chocolate Olivers are the ultimate biscuit indulgence, made using a patented recipe from the 1930s, which includes hops and malt, with the thickest, richest dark chocolate."

The Queen's favourite foods

The Queen usually has a cup of Earl Grey tea with her breakfast, which has no sugar and just a splash of milk.

More recently, she gave up drinking on the doctor's orders, having enjoyed frequent nights in front of the TV with her best friend, nanny to her children Mabel Anderson, and a glass of martini or gin.

In the afternoon, her majesty enjoys slices of ginger cake, jam pennies or chocolate biscuit cake.

The Queen's grandson and second in line to the throne Prince William also enjoys the chocolate treat. It was his second wedding cake in his marriage to Kate Middleton in 2011.

Chocolatier Barry Colenso worked closely with McVitie's chocolate company to get the cake just right for the wedding.

He said: "We stuck closely to the guidelines issued from Buckingham Palace to make sure it was just right.

"It was rich, indulgent and creamy with a really snappy texture."

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