Since Queen Elizabeth ruled England for 70 years, everyone in the Buckingham Palace kitchen was well-aware of her particular dietary requirements.
McGrady told Vanity Fair that the queen liked strawberries with chocolate mousse or ice cream and ate pears with a spoon.
However, these were not the only fruits for which the Queen had specific eating habits; she also had a very specific style of eating bananas.
Queen Elizabeth would use a fork and knife to eat a banana rather than peel it and hold it in her hand.
McGrady told RecipesPlus that she would remove the banana's bottom, slice it lengthwise, and then chop it into bite-sized pieces that she would eat with a fork.
Royal dining regulations include how silverware is handled, according to etiquette expert William Hanson.
Knives must be held on the right since that's how a sword or dagger is held; after eating, place your cutlery at 6:30 with the fork facing up.
It would have made logical to link this to the way Queen Elizabeth eats bananas, but there is no such connection.
According to what was said in McGrady's book, the reason was that she merely did not want to appear "like a monkey."