Queen prefers round ice cubes in her drinks because they don't 'chink' like the square ones, claims royal expert

Queen prefers round ice cubes in her drinks because they don't 'chink' like the square ones, claims royal expert
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Queen Elizabeth II prefers her drinks to not make noise when they are being served to her. For this reason, she prefers ice cubes which are round in shape, as opposed to the ones with hard edges like the traditional square ice cubes. 

Although the circular cubes of ice are not completely soundless, they make comparatively less noise when they hit glass surfaces than their square counterparts. 

"The Queen likes her ice cubes in her glass to be round because they don't chink quite as much as the square ones," Author Karen Dolby, who wrote 'Queen Elizabeth II's Guide to Life', told Fabulous Digital

In fact, the monarch so passionately hates the chinking sound that the square ice cubes make that word around the palace is that Prince Philip invented a machine that makes tiny ice balls.

And the royal staff in Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, and Balmoral have strict orders to only stock round ice cubes for her alcoholic beverages.


According to her former chef Darren McGrady, the Queen's favorite drink of choice is a gin and Dubonnet. However, she does not like drinking everyday. "Just in the evening," McGrady added. "She certainly doesn't drink four glasses a day."

If she is having a drink with her dinner, it would usually be a glass of her favorite German sweet wine, he pointed out.

The ex-chef also revealed that while the mother-of-four is "not a foodie", she enjoys lavish banquets during her numerous social events. She is also careful to always travel with a snack. 

McGrady recently told Harpers Bazaar that the Queen always keeps her favorite chocolate biscuit cake, which is exclusively made in Buckingham Palace, close at hand. 

"Now the chocolate biscuit cake is the only cake that goes back again and again and again everyday until it's all gone," he said. "She'll take a small slice every day until eventually there is only one tiny piece, but you have to send that up, she wants to finish the whole of that cake."


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