The Royal Family is known for many things, but perhaps one of the more fascinating factors to the royal family is the strict guidelines that they follow. More commonly known as the “royal protocol,” the famous family has quite an extensive lists of do’s and don'ts.
The royal protocol is not meant to restrict the royal family so much as it is meant to protect them. Sometimes the protocols can feel a little extreme. For instance, members of the Royal Family can’t operate a social media account, they can’t be late, and they can’t eat once the Queen has taken her very last bite.
Some rules, however, are put in place with clear reasons why. For instance, the royal family is banned from eating certain foods when they travel. More specifically, they’re banned from eating shellfish when they dine out!
No matter how much the love crave some good seafood or a steak of some sort (they're banned from meat in some countries as well), they aren’t permitted to eat any kind of shellfish (or "rare meet") when dining out. This is not because they’re allergic or have unusually sensitive taste buds. Instead, many oysters carry a very deadly disease.
Each member of the Royal Family is entirely banned from eating all shellfish when eating out because of the serious risk of infection. In November 2017, the most popular oyster for dining was reported to carry a deadly herpes virus, Ostreid herpesvirus 1.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) shared some disturbing news which greatly influenced the royal protocol. They CDCP shared that when an individual eats a raw oyster that contains Vibrio, a bacteria that exists in coastal waters, then this can increase their chances of developing an illness called vibriosis.
Thankfully, shellfish is a rather acquired taste. However, one member of the family quite enjoys the taste! Prince Charles of Wales loves shellfish, and when he can eat them, he makes sure to enjoy them. We’re sure that royal kitchen staff goes through a very thorough cleaning of the shellfish before they’re served to the future King.
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