It seems the quickest way to a queen's heart is through her stomach. In 1560, Robert Dudley, the Earl of Leicester, threw a large banquet in honor of Elizabeth I. Dudley, rumored to be Elizabeth's lover, had a feast prepared with 26 turkeys and pineapple both exotic delights only recently introduced to England 10 sheep, six herons, 48 ducks, 60 eggs, 41 dozen loaves of bread and 89 lbs. of butter, among other things, according to historical documents. And, for Elizabeth's sweet tooth an addiction that would later turn her teeth black there were cakes and other sweets that comprised 86 lbs. of sugar. Another feast, again thrown by Dudley in honor of the Queen, in 1575 reportedly lasted for 17 days.
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