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Her Majesty, 93, makes sure that there are never exactly 13 people in total when she hosts a formal meal. Royal commentator Phil Dampier claimed it wasn’t due to her Majesty believing in superstitious. He told Fabulous Digital: “She won’t let 13 people sit down at a dinner table, not because she is superstitious but in case guests are.”

Despite her not believing the old wives’ tale of 13 being an unlucky number, the monarch is said to have some supernatural beliefs.

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The Queen's strict banquet rule reveals a delightful surprise about …

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Mr Dampier added: “She does believe in ghosts and has several lucky charms in her handbag.”

The Queen’s strict rule is not the only tradition when it comes to lavish state banquets.

The Queen's strict banquet rule reveals a delightful surprise about …

It takes five days to set the table for a state banquet at Buckingham Palace.

However, not even the Queen has a full set of matching cutlery.

The 2,000 silver-gilt knives, forks and spoons laid out for 150 guests are a mix of different pieces.

They were collected by George IV in the early 19th century.

Each diner has a precise area of 45cm for their place setting.

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It also includes six glasses – two for champagne, one for water, one each for red and white wine and one for port.

Wine is served from Edwardian decanters with silver-gilt labels.

There are even two discs of butter stamped with the Royal Crest.

Every guest receives their own banquet book which includes the menu, always in French, and bound in the colours of the visiting country.

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Guests enjoy a fish starter, a main course served on a silver-gilt plate, a dessert and fruit course served on Georgian and Victorian porcelain, plus petits fours made in the Palace’s kitchen.

A team of 76 pages, footmen, under-butler and wine butlers work on teams of four from 19 service areas around the ballroom.

They use a traffic light system to ensure each plate is placed on the table at exactly the same time.

Palace staff have a sneaky way of trying to ensure that no one poisons the Queen at state banquets.

According to a Channel 5 documentary, after the chef has prepared all the dishes, one plate is chosen at random for Her Majesty.

Speaking on ‘Secrets of the Royal Kitchen’, royal correspondent Emily Andrews said: “After everything in plated up, a page chooses at random one of the plates to be served to Her Majesty.

“So if anyone did want to poison the monarch they’d have to poison the whole lot.”

The TV show revealed strict rules guests have to abide by during lavish meals at the palace.

Emily continued: “You do not sit down until the Queen sits down. When she starts eating, then you can start eating.

“Traditionally, you’d have to have finish eating by the time the Queen would finish eating.”