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MA'AM SANDWICH; Former Royal Guard reveals Queen would taste-test regiment's sarnies.

Byline: c.gall@dailyrecord.co.uk charlie gall

THE Queen's secret role as food taster for her Balmoral bodyguards has been revealed ahead of her 90th birthday bash.

Her Majesty taste tested sandwiches being prepared for her Royal Guard before they accompanied her on fishing trips or horse-riding outings on her Deeside estate.

The Royals enjoy days out during their annual summer holidays and the highlight is always the al fresco picnic, or when it's raining retreating to one of the lodges or bothies along the riverbank.

But a former soldier in the King's Own Scottish Borders regiment has revealed how Her Majesty took a personal interest in making sure the servants' sandwiches were always up to scratch.

For thousands of years kings and queens have relied on food tasters to protect them from food poisoning.

Now ex-Scots soldier John Ross, 61, of Livingston, has told how the Queen would carry out the quality control checks of her regiment's packed lunches.

The former command sergeant major at Balmoral has added his name to an online book of birthday wishes to the Queen.

John wrote: "It was a pleasure serving as Guard CSM at Balmoral in 1991.

Best wishes from Mr & Mrs J Ross, Ex Warrant officer KOSB XXV (and all the Ross brothers)."

Speaking ahead of the Queen's 90th birthday on Thursday, warrant officer Ross revealed how the monarch was in the habit of checking the quality of the regiment's sarnies.

John, who helped protect the Royal Family at Balmoral for 25 years, said: "The Royal Family were so much fun to work for, they made all the soldiers feel at ease.

"One of Her Majesty's priorities was looking after the welfare of the soldiers responsible for providing support for all events.

"She often tasted our packed lunches to check we were being properly looked after before we went out on hunting or fishing trips. She would come to the kitchen and inspect the sandwiches.

"Most were up to scratch but if they weren't, they'd be sent back."

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