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Her Majesty appears to have let slip her slimming secret at a luncheon party at Buckingham Palace

Her Majesty appears to have let slip her slimming secret at a luncheon party at Buckingham Palace

One of the enduring mysteries of our monarchy is how the Queen manages to retain her slender figure despite having to sit through endless banquets and royal dinners.

But now, Her Majesty appears to have let slip her slimming secret at a luncheon party at Buckingham Palace.

During a conversation with one of the guests, organic vegetable box pioneer Guy Singh-Watson, the Queen revealed that she had made a major change to her diet.

‘It was a very enjoyable lunch,’ he tells me. ‘I can’t remember how, but we got into a conversation about diabetes and diet, and the Queen said she doesn’t eat many potatoes.’

Singh-Watson, who founded Riverford Organic Farmers, which delivers to households nationwide, explains: ‘We were talking about vegetables because, of course, that’s my stock in trade. She just amazes me; her broad interest and knowledge is extraordinary.’

It was previously thought that the Queen, 93, watched her weight by eating only small portions at meal times.

During a conversation with one of the guests, organic vegetable box pioneer Guy Singh-Watson, the Queen revealed that she had made a major change to her diet. Her Majesty is pictured above during a State Banquet in Paris in 2014

During a conversation with one of the guests, organic vegetable box pioneer Guy Singh-Watson, the Queen revealed that she had made a major change to her diet. Her Majesty is pictured above during a State Banquet in Paris in 2014

A former cook at the Palace, Darren McGrady, has claimed: ‘The Queen’s not really bothered about food. The chefs and food and kitchens come last. They’re still using pots and pans from the 1800s, with the Queen Victoria stamp on them.’

Singh-Watson was joined at Wednesday’s lunch party by TV celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley- Whittingstall and Oxford professor of ecosystem science Yadvinder Malhi, who tells me: ‘It was very tasty. We had prawns to start, followed by a main course of pheasant.’

The Queen used the lunch to express her concerns about a range of environmental issues. 

One of the enduring mysteries of our monarchy is how the Queen manages to retain her slender figure despite having to sit through endless banquets and royal dinners. She has cut down on potatoes. A file photo is pictured above

One of the enduring mysteries of our monarchy is how the Queen manages to retain her slender figure despite having to sit through endless banquets and royal dinners. She has cut down on potatoes. A file photo is pictured above 

‘We talked about food and farming in the UK,’ says Professor Malhi. ‘She was very receptive to conversation around these issues.’

Dining with the monarch can be rather daunting, as Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton will attest. 

‘I got invited to a lunch and was sitting next to the Queen,’ he once revealed.

‘I was excited and started to talk to her, but she said, pointing to my left: “No, you speak that way first and I’ll speak this way [to the right] and then I’ll come back to you.” ’

The 37-year-old actress appears not to have severed all ties with the Old World, judging by her choice of apparel — a ‘EUnify’ hoodie with one of the 12 EU gold stars missing

The 37-year-old actress appears not to have severed all ties with the Old World, judging by her choice of apparel — a ‘EUnify’ hoodie with one of the 12 EU gold stars missing

What does Sienna see in the stars? 

Sienna Miller quit Britain for New York three years ago, saying that living in London felt ‘a bit like swimming through mud’ and decrying the capital as ‘cliquey’.

But the 37-year-old actress appears not to have severed all ties with the Old World, judging by her choice of apparel — a ‘EUnify’ hoodie with one of the 12 EU gold stars missing.

(The number of stars in the circle has nothing to do with the number of member states, however, and is just a symbol of unity).

The work of a Berlin fashion designer who came up with the idea after the Brexit referendum three years ago, the hoodie is now favoured by young people in Asia as well as the Big Apple — and, of course, Eurocrats troughing it in the finer restaurants of Brussels and Strasbourg.  

Line of Duty’s Vicky McClure, who plays Detective Inspector Kate Fleming in the TV series, is one of this country’s leading actresses, but the modest star paid herself just £114,000 for a year’s work, I can reveal.

McClure, 36, who chose to continue living in her home town of Nottingham, rather than move to London when her career took off, has reserves of just under £200,000 in the company through which she channels her earnings, after paying herself the six-figure dividend. 

The figures are revealed in Vicky McClure Ltd’s newly filed accounts at Companies House.

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Four Weddings And A Funeral scriptwriter Richard Curtis has never married his long-term love, Emma Freud, but he can put many a husband to shame with his romantic gestures

Four Weddings And A Funeral scriptwriter Richard Curtis has never married his long-term love, Emma Freud, but he can put many a husband to shame with his romantic gestures

A surprise bouquet that left Freud wondering… 

Four Weddings And A Funeral scriptwriter Richard Curtis has never married his long-term love, Emma Freud, but he can put many a husband to shame with his romantic gestures.

Yesterday, Emma (pictured with Richard) received a beautiful bunch of flowers, delivered to the couple’s front door, but with no card.

‘Embarrassingly, I wondered who might have sent them,’ admits Emma, daughter of late politician and broadcaster Sir Clement Freud. 

‘Then I realised that it was 29 years since I first kissed [Richard].’

I wonder how many married couples remember the date of the first time they locked lips?

Du Beke has a few more tangos in him, says Len

How long can Strictly star Anton du Beke keep dancing?

Former head judge Len Goodman thinks that Anton, 53, who’s been on the show since it started in 2004 and is by far the oldest of the current pros, might have just a couple of years left.

‘I carried on doing Strictly until I was 73, so he can still dance till he’s 55 or something, can’t he?’ Goodman tells me at a recent fundraiser for Action Medical Research For Children.

‘We play golf together. He’s still very fit and keeps himself mobile — he’s a wonderful dancer, so why shouldn’t he carry on?’

When Anton finally quits, the BBC should offer him a new role, says Len. ‘Loyalty deserves reward, and I would hope the BBC would find some slot for him to continue after he’s finished dancing.’ 

You’re beautiful! Animal lover Mrs Blunt hugs a hen

Sofia Wellesley, who is the Duke of Wellington’s niece, made the confession after visiting Daylesford farm in the Cotswolds, where she was pictured cradling poultry

Sofia Wellesley, who is the Duke of Wellington’s niece, made the confession after visiting Daylesford farm in the Cotswolds, where she was pictured cradling poultry

While Prince Charles ‘happily talks to the plants and the trees’ to nurture their growth, the aristocratic wife of pop star James Blunt prefers conversing with farmyard animals.

Sofia Wellesley, who is the Duke of Wellington’s niece, made the confession after visiting Daylesford farm in the Cotswolds, where she was pictured cradling poultry.

‘We hugged chickens and chatted to cows,’ says the mother of two, who has started a master’s in sustainability leadership at Cambridge University.

‘The incredible animal welfare standards mean that Daylesford farm’s cattle produce milk and live happily until they are teenagers — unlike normal dairy cows, which make it to around three years before being sent to the abattoir.’

Though it’s good to get a buzz out of your job, Emily Maitlis is concerned about what presenting Newsnight is doing to her body.

‘I worry that I get slightly addicted to adrenaline and I don’t think its particularly healthy,’ says Maitlis, who has two children with her husband, investment banker Mark Gwynne. 

‘I work Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and I don’t really come up for air then — I don’t see the family. I don’t do anything with family or friends. I see the dog for a walk first thing in the morning and that’s it.’

Even Ed Sheeran is bored with Ed Sheeran, it appears. ‘We are very conscious of too much Ed Sheeran,’ admits his manager Stuart Camp of the singer’s ubiquity. 

‘I think it would be nice to see a bit more rotation at the top of the charts. You look at it and say: “Well, you’ve been No 1 for five weeks. Please go away.”’ 

With £170 million in the bank, the Suffolk singer-songwriter has certainly earned a break — as have listeners.

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