Doctors tell Queen to STOP drinking! Here's the tipple she'll miss then most
'It seems a trifle unfair that at this stage in her life she's having to give up one of her very few pleasures,' a family friend allegedly said
The Queen of England has been reportedly been "ordered to quit drinking" by royal doctors, a magazine quoting a family friend has stated. The Queen is in good shape despite being seen using a walking stick during recent royal engagements in Wales.
The 95-year-old monarch, however, has allegedly been advised to generally avoid alcohol except for special occasions. Two sources close to the Queen noted that royal doctors gave the advice ahead of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations next June.
"The Queen has been told to give up her evening drink which is usually a martini," a family friend allegedly told Vanity Fair's Katie Nicholl. "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 her very few pleasures."
While the monarch is rarely seen drinking in public, palace sources have revealed that her alcoholic beverage of choice is often a dry martini, just like her son Prince Charles. The Queen is also believed to nurse a glass of sweet wine with dinner. Her late cousin Margaret Rhodes once revealed how she was known to drink a glass of champagne before going to sleep. But as fate would have it, "the alcohol has gone, her doctors want to make sure she is as fit and healthy as possible," the magazine quoted a second source as saying.
Beyond wine and martini, Her Majesty is also known to request Dubonnet and gin — the Queen Mother's favorite tipple — from time to time. In February, it emerged that the Queen's Northern Ireland residence, Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, was launching its own variety of gin, crafted from a blend of rose petals, apples, and pears from the castle's Walled Garden. The Northern Ireland residence joined hands with local distillery Rademon Estate, Northern Ireland's first craft gin distillery, to create the new brand. What's more, in July 2020, the official Buckingham Palace gin launched by the Royal Collection Trust sold out within eight hours.
According to the Daily Mail, the Granville Rose Garden was created by Lady Rose Bowes-Lyon, the Queen Mother's eldest sister in the 1940s and 1950s. Queen Elizabeth II and her sister Margaret often enjoyed the stunning grounds when they visited their aunt and uncle as young princesses. Last November, the royal launched a new variety of gin made with plants grown in her Sandringham estate. Named the Sandringham Celebration Gin, a batch of the royal liqueur was priced at £50 ($69) for a 50cl bottle and was made in a distillery on the estate in Norfolk. This was the third brand of gin officially endorsed by the royal family and became widely popular in the days after its release.
That said, Prince Charles has continued the family tradition and recently launched his own organic Highgrove gin just months after the Royal Collection Trust started marketing a Buckingham Palace version. However, the Sandringham gin is said to be the one closest to the Queen's heart, considering the 20,000-acre estate that it comes from is her own private property.