Great Britain: King Charles III banishes a historic French dish from the tables of royal residences

Foie gras and Buckingham, it’s over! King Charles III has banned this dish from tables in royal residences, according to a letter from the palace sent to the Peta association. Charles, who has long championed the protection of nature, organic farming and the fight against climate change, is said to be a long-time opponent of foie gras. “Thank you for your letter about the ethical issues surrounding foie gras,” writes the lord of the royal house to the association Peta (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), in a letter of which AFP obtained a copy on Friday.

“I can confirm that foie gras is not purchased by the royal household or served in royal residences and this policy is not expected to change,” continued Sir Tony Johnstone-Burt in this letter dated November 10. Buckingham Palace did not respond to requests from AFP. Elizabeth II, who died on September 8, would also have appreciated foie gras. Duck foie gras was served to him at a state dinner in Paris in June 2014 with former president Fran├žois Hollande.


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To thank the king, Peta sent him a box of “faux gras”, served at vegan chef Alexis Gauthier’s restaurant in London. Peta “urges everyone to follow the King’s example and not eat foie gras for Christmas and after,” the association wrote in a statement. Considered a delicacy and often eaten at Christmas, foie gras can currently be imported and sold in the UK but not produced in the country.


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