If You're Eating Salmon With King Charles, There's A Chance He Caught It

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England's latest (and oldest in history) monarch, King Charles III, celebrated his birthday on November 14, turning 74 years old (via Reuters). As the new head of the royal family, Charles has complete power over the household staff, who must cater to his likes and dislikes — and adhere to his foie gras ban. This ban on foie gras stems from his ethical concerns about the geese's welfare, per Marie Claire, but King Charles' diet is also dictated by environmental concerns, making him a climatarian.

Those who are fortunate enough to find themselves with a royal invitation to dinner can rest assured that every aspect of the meal will have been considered thoroughly — just make sure that you adhere to royal dining etiquette, like holding your silverware properly (via Marie Claire). One insider to the royal family, chef Darren McGrady — who was Princess Diana's personal chef and has cooked for five U.S. presidents — has spoken publicly about the curious eating habits of King Charles.

King Charles loves to fish

For non-royals, buying salmon can be confusing; there are many types of salmon from wild-caught to farmed, sockeye to Atlantic. But if you're dining with King Charles himself and salmon is on the menu, it's possible that the salmon was caught by the king personally.

According to one report from Insider, chef Darren McGrady detailed in his cookbook "Eating Royally" that King Charles has a love of fishing, which he imparted to Prince William and Harry by teaching them how to fish when they were children. His passion for fishing is so great that he once even extended a vacation at Balmoral because "the fishing [was] so good" (via Daily Mail). McGrady writes that Charles would spend lots of time in the River Dee near the Balmoral Castle, often accompanied by the Queen Mother. After his successful fishing expedition, he "would heft enormous salmon into the royal kitchen to be weighed, tagged, and catalogued." The fresh salmon would then usually be either "grilled, poached, or broiled," and, of course, served on a silver platter.