The Queen was in high spirits as she arrived at The Ivy in London’s Covent Garden

The Queen steps out for dinner at The Ivy!
It’s thought to be the first time the monarch has dined out since March 2016

The Queen outside The Ivy in central London CREDIT RICKY VIGIL M, GC IMAGES
The Queen outside The Ivy in central London CREDIT RICKY VIGIL M, GC IMAGES

The doors of The Ivy were closed to members of the public on Thursday evening to welcome a very special guest. The Queen attended an invitation-only party at the exclusive Covent Garden restaurant to celebrate a friend’s birthday. Other lucky invitees included David Walliams and the Queen’s cousin Prince Michael and wife Princess Michael of Kent. The 91-year-old monarch was in high spirits as she arrived for the celebrations. She was elegantly dressed in an embellished silver dress, shielded from the inclement weather in a black printed shawl.

The monarch pictured leaving the birthday celebrations at the end of the evening Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
The monarch pictured leaving the birthday celebrations at the end of the evening Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

The Queen was in high spirits as she arrived at The Ivy in London’s Covent Garden

The Queen was in high spirits as she arrived at The Ivy in London's Covent Garden Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
The Queen was in high spirits as she arrived at The Ivy in London’s Covent Garden Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

The Ivy is a favourite amongst celebrity diners – but the pressure was on for executive chef Gary Lee as he prepared to serve his fare to the Queen. The A La Carte menu at The Ivy features classic British favourites, including deep-fried haddock and chips with mushy peas for £19, Shepherd’s Pie at £19.50, slow braised Cornish lamb at £24.50 and grilled calves liver for £23.50. There is also a selection of Asian cuisine available, from coconut and prawn laksa at £8.75, to yellow fin tuna sashimi, £16.50, and black ash sesame tiger prawns for £14.75.

The Queen carried a purse with an image believed to be of Princess Margaret and her children CREDIT REX FEATURES
The Queen carried a purse with an image believed to be of Princess Margaret and her children CREDIT REX FEATURES

The monarch pictured leaving the birthday celebrations at the end of the evening

The Queen steps out for dinner at The Ivy Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
The Queen steps out for dinner at The Ivy Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

It’s thought to be the first time the Queen has dined out since March 2016. It also marked a departure from her restaurant of choice – Bellamy’s in Mayfair. The French brasserie and oyster bar clearly holds a special place in the Queen’s heart; it’s one of the very few restaurants she has ever dined in. She enjoyed an evening out at Bellamy’s in March last year with her daughter Princess Anne and cousin Princess Alexandra, and while it is not known what the royals ate, they may well have dined on Bellamy’s signature dishes including steak tartare, venison medallions or grilled swordfish, which all feature on the evening menu. For dessert, crème brûlée, tarte tatin and ile flottante are all popular options.

The Prince and Princess Michael of Kent take cover as they leave The Ivy CREDIT FLYNET PICTURES
The Prince and Princess Michael of Kent take cover as they leave The Ivy CREDIT FLYNET PICTURES

Source: HELLO MAGAZINE

Tags: Queen Elizabeth II, Dinner

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