August 02, 2017

How to drink like a queen, according to Elizabeth II herself

The royal matriarch enjoys four alcoholic beverages a day

Food & Drink Royalty
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Queen Elizabeth II during day five of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse, England, Saturday, June 24, 2017.

Not only does Her Majesty the Queen treat herself to her favorite kind of cake quite regularly, but Queen Elizabeth II also sustains a healthy midday buzz before finishing a reported four drinks of alcohol by bedtime.

Travel + Leisure recently brought much-deserved renewed attention to the fact that the queen, among her many idiosyncratic dining habits (no starch during a solo dinner, no garlic at Buckingham Palace), enjoys a drink (or several) at her noble age of 91.

She reportedly starts off with a pre-lunch glass of gin and Dubonnet with a slice of lemon, which was first reported by the Telegraph in 2015 in an interview with a former royal chef. 

During lunch, the queen finishes a glass of wine before her second lunch drink of a dry gin martini.

She sobers up a bit during tea time, but before bed, she will finish a glass of Champagne.

Earlier this year, Business Insider put together a comprehensive walkthrough (with pictures!) of the queen’s daily meals and drinks – check it out here.