At 91, it’s pretty obvious that Queen Elizabeth II knows how to live it up, and now we might know how she does it. Like any good Briton, she enjoys a nice cup of tea. But it seems that she also likes to partake in the harder stuff. Her Majesty enjoys knocking back a few cocktails every day. Yes, you read that right: a FEW boozy drinks on the daily. Four, to be more precise.
Food and Wine dug into reports that outlined how her first drink — enjoyed before lunch, according to former royal chef Darren McGrady — is a gin and Dubonnet with a slice of lemon and a lot of ice. Hey, it’s noon somewhere, right?
That must awaken her tongue, because during lunch, the Queen drinks a dry gin martini.
Her third drink comes shortly after that, because once she’s finished the meal, she caps it off with a piece of chocolate and a glass of wine, a combo which she “loves,” said McGrady. So if you’re keeping count, that’s three drinks down, but that’s nothing for a woman who lives the life she does.
The final drink comes right before she goes to bed and, naturally, the Queen of England keeps it classy — with a glass of Champagne. And keep in mind, this doesn’t include all the events that involve toasts.
As for the food that balances all these drinks, they’re not as royal as you’d expect. Aside from banning garlic from all meals, having a “no starch” rule if she’s dining alone, and refusing to travel without a slice of her favourite chocolate biscuit cake, the Queen keeps it pretty simple.
An earlier report from Business Insider outlined that Her Majesty starts off her day with Earl Grey tea and biscuits, then moves on to breakfast, usually cereal (she’s partial to Special K) and fruit, or toast and marmalade. If she’s feeling extra hungry, she’ll opt for scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and truffle.
Lunch is simple, usually fish and veggies, though salad with grilled chicken also tickles her fancy. Afternoon tea follows, which features little cucumber, smoked salmon, egg salad, ham and mustard or jam sandwiches with the crusts cut off, along with tea biscuits, scones and cakes.
Dinner can be anything from fillets of beef, venison, pheasant or salmon, but she also loves a Sunday roast, well done.
No, but really, well done, Queen. At this point in her life, she can eat and drink whatever she wants, and no one would blink, because she’s clearly doing something right. And aside from the copious amounts of alcohol and daily cake servings, she balances out all her treats with healthy choices. Hmm, perhaps she’s on to something.