King Charles bans controversial food from being served in every royal residence

King Charles has banned foie gras from all royal residences over animal rights concerns.

The 74-year-old monarch has long condemned the French delicacy as unethical and previously ordered Clarence House chefs not to use it while he was Prince of Wales.

Foie gras is made by force feeding ducks or geese, causing their livers to swell.

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It is the fattened liver that is then cooked and eaten.

The move has been praised by animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) which said: "As Prince of Wales, King Charles removed foie gras – a despicable product for which ducks and geese are force-fed until their livers swell up to 10 times their natural size before the animals are slaughtered – from his royal residences.

"Now, Peta has received confirmation that His Majesty's compassionate policy extends to Buckingham Palace and all other royal residences."

It is not clear if Queen Elizabeth II had a strong view on the matter, but a letter received by Peta has confirmed that a ban is now in place across the Royal Household and for all royal residences including Balmoral, Sandringham, Windsor Castle, Hillsborough Castle and Buckingham Palace.

The food is highly controversial and a number of countries in the past few years have banned its import entirely, though it remains a mainstay of French cuisine and France is by far the biggest producer and consumer.

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Elisa Allen, vice president of Peta, said: "Follow the King's lead and leave foie gras off the menu this Christmas and beyond. Video footage of birds being painfully force-fed is enough to make anyone lose their lunch."

Such is the group's delight at the King's stance, they are even sending him a hamper of 'faux gras' made by vegan chef Alexis Gauthier.

There is a ban on the production of foie gras in the UK, but it can be imported and sold freely.

In 2021 the Queen's grocer Fortnum and Mason stopped selling foie gras after pressure from celebrity activists like Joanna Lumley and Ricky Gervais.

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