How Queen’s love of cereal sparked massive security alert over tupperware scare

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Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II after 70 years on the throne, memories of her are being shared.

Never a woman to share much of her personal life, there are few accounts of what she got up to behind closed doors.

One such account came from Daily Mirror journalist Ryan Parry A media storm was created by Daily Mirror journalist who secretly landed a job as a footman at Buckingham palace to help with US president George Bush's state visit to the UK in 2003.

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It turned out that the Queen, a big breakfast cereal lover, stored all of her cereals, including cornflakes, porridge oats, and Weetabix in humble Tupperware and drank Earl Grey tea.

She also had a preference for toast with marmalade which she sometimes fed to her beloved corgis.

However the sneaky journo also revealed the level of formality that often accompanied her.

Parry revealed how servants had intricate plans of how to serve breakfast, detailing everything down to exactly where to place the honey, marmalade and silver spoons.

On the breakfast table the Duke of Edinburgh had his own small radio where he could contact servants at a moment's notice.

The Queen, a prolific newspaper reader, had a pile of national newspapers with the Racing Post always on the top, such was her love of horse racing.

Footmen were given plans of the tea trays, showing where each and every piece of crockery and cutlery was to be placed.

At weekends, the Queen was attended to by a smaller group of staff, consisting of two footmen, two kitchen porters, two chefs, two silver pantry under-butlers, a page and a coffee-room maid.

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Even delivering coffee to the Queen was a tightly coordinated affair, with the maid tasked to pour the coffee from a hot-plate pot into a silver jug and hand it to a footman who then carried it 20 yards to the page, who would in turn carry it just eight yards to the Queen in her dining room.

The Queen was reportedly not amused by this intrusion into her personal life.

In a highly unusual move, the Queen went to the High Court to stop the newspaper from publishing further details with her lawyers calling it a "flagrant breach" of privacy that was "personal and intrusive".

She was granted a personal injunction which preventing any leaking of further details and the Royal security embarked on a wholesale review of their practices.

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