Her Majesty the Queen has always enjoyed a drink but it’s now emerged that – at the grand old age of 95 – she has been advised by royal doctors to give up alcohol.
Both Her Majesty’s sister Princess Margaret and their mum, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, were fond of a tipple.
When Princess Margaret visited one of Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants in the late 1990s the celebrity chef complained: “She started with Scotch and went on drinking for three hours.
“The ashtray had to be changed every three minutes. I find it hard to believe that she could have tasted the pudding.”
A Gin & Dubonnet was the Queen Mother’s drink of choice and now the cocktail – made of two parts Dubonnet to one part gin – is named after her.
Her Majesty herself is known to be a more moderate drinker – but even her daily cocktail is now off the menu.
“The Queen has been told to give up her evening drink which is usually a Martini,” a family friend told Vanity Fair magazine.
“It’s not really a big deal for her, she is not a big drinker but it seems a trifle unfair that at this stage in her life she’s having to give up one of very few pleasures.”
According to Palace sources Her Majesty generally restricts herself to a dry martini before supper and an occasional glass of Champagne as a nightcap.
Her former chef, Darren McGrady, reported that she usually chose a class of sweet German wine with her evening meal.
Last year, Buckingham Palace put its own brand of gin on the market. The drink boasts a “unique royal origin,” says a royal spokesperson, with many of its citrus and herbal notes sourced from botanicals gathered in the palace’s gardens.
As she approaches her seventieth year on the throne Her Majesty is still in generally good heath and maintains a fairly full schedule of engagements.
The monarch’s diary remains fairly full until at least until Christmas and she is expected to commute between Windsor and Buckingham Palace for official engagements throughout the remainder of 2021.
The Daily Star has contacted Buckingham Palace for comment.