Here in the UK we are somewhat obsessed with the Royal family and love to get an insight into their daily lifestyle. Kensington Palace announced this week that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their third child, due in 2018, who will join George and Charlotte. The royal baby will be fifth in line to the throne and the public are already taking bets on its name. The pregnancy calls for celebration and if recent reports are to be believed, the Queen herself is partial to a tipple and will be toasting with a cocktail or glass of champagne!
Various royal chefs who have worked in the palace over the years have spilt the beans about what the Queen eats and drinks at home. News articles in The Telegraph, The Guardian and The Independent have all confirmed what she eats for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, and of course, it’s the finest of everything as you’d expect. HRH enjoys luxuries such as chocolate, fresh strawberries and salmon – and her beverage choices are just as classy.
Multiple reports confirm that Her Majesty enjoys a gin and Dubonnet cocktail with lemon and ice daily before lunch, and a glass of wine with her lunch why is always ‘starch-free.’ The Queen indulges in afternoon tea of finger sandwiches with the crusts cut off, and in the evening drinks a dry martini and a glass of champagne with or after dinner, according to her cousin Margaret Rhodes. This means typically Queen Elizabeth drinks four alcoholic beverages per day – which some have been quick to point out labels her a ‘binge drinker’ by government alcohol intake guidelines.
The Queen’s favourite cocktails
Apparently, the Queen’s drink preferences don’t change, and it seems like she can certainly handle her liquor! She is not fond of beer and refused a pint of Guinness when she visited the Dublin brewery. She apparently loves a gin and the brand Gordon’s has the royal seal of approval, and while she is partial to a dry martini there’s no word on how she drinks it to her taste. She is thought to finish her day with a glass of champagne – Bollinger or Lanson, and other spirits which frequent the palace include Pimm’s and Bacardi.
It’s quite amusing to the general public to imagine the Queen as a big-drinking party animal – but why not enjoy yourself? If we all had access to infinite amounts of deluxe alcoholic beverages we’d probably be drinking more than four a day. Her Majesty is teaching a valuable lesson; you never know when you may have to say goodbye to your loved ones, so live life to the full while you can!