And really, who wouldn’t be celebrating reaching 91 and still being the world’s most famous granny AND the Queen of England? We’ll drink to that!
The Queen surrounded by her two youngest grandchildren and her five great-grandchildren #Queenat90 This is the first in a series of official photographs released today to mark The Queen's 90th birthday. They were taken at Windsor Castle just after Easter by renowned portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz. From left: James, Viscount Severn, Lady Louise, Mia Tindell, Queen Elizabeth, Princess Charlotte, Savannah Phillips, Prince George and Isla Phillips.
A chef who was once employed in the royal kitchens shared some insight into the festive habits of Queen Elizabeth and we’re mighty glad he did.
Apparently, just before lunch, the Queen enjoys her first sip of the day – a gin and Dubonnet. She likes a slice of lemon (pips removed) slipped into the glass and lots of ice, thank you.
After a private lunch, The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, showed King Felipe and Queen Letizia a display of Spanish items in The Royal Collection. The display included a section dedicated to Queen Ena of Spain, who was Queen Victoria's youngest granddaughter and King Felipe's great-grandmother. Other Members of The Royal Family also had a chance to view the display. Highlights include watercolours by Salvador Dali, works relating to Catherine of Aragon, first wife to Henry VIII, and Spanish metal work from the city of Toledo. #SpainStateVisit 🇪🇸🇬🇧
Chocolate, cocktails, corgis
The next drink, like clockwork, is at lunch. Perhaps after she’s chased her visiting royal grandchildren up and down the halls of Buckingham Palace.
She has a nice glass of wine with her meal, followed by a piece of chocolate (perhaps to cleanse her palate. Chocolate IS TOO a palate cleanser.)
Afternoon tea is a booze-free affair, possibly because one needs her royal faculties in check if she’s going to run the corgis through the rose garden and play a round of Sardines with George and Charlotte.
In case you were wondering, afternoon tea is “chocolate perfection pie or chocolate biscuit cake, made with McVitie’s Rich Tea biscuits” with a herbal drink.
The Queen and The Duke then boarded the train heading for London's Paddington Station. During the journey, Her Majesty sat next to Isambard Thomas, the Great Great Great Grandson of the British engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who built the Great Western Railway. The Queen also met Gillian White, the Great Great Granddaughter of Daniel Gooch, who drove Queen Victoria's train in 1842.
Sparkles and a martini
Later, the Queen has a light evening meal – “no starch” if she’s dining alone, because royal waistline.
The Queen’s cousin, Margaret Rhodes, is also keen to tell-all re the royal drinking cabinet. She says a gin martini at dinner is a queenie fave.
When all the bedtime stories are said and done, the Queen enjoys a glass of champagne and then turns in for the night.
The Queen, Patron of The Zoological Society of London, feeds an elephant at Whipsnade Zoo Today The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, is visiting @zslwhipsnadezoo to officially open the new Elephant Centre. The Queen also met baby elephant 'Elizabeth' who was named to celebrate Her Majesty's 90th Birthday in 2016. 📷PA
Free pass for grannies!
Some rude buggers have pointed out that this intake of alcohol is in the binge drinking category, but when you’re a 91-year-old granny (or otherwise!) the rules simply do not apply.
Further, now that Prince Phillip has retired and will be lurking about the palace much, much more, we wouldn’t be surprised if the Queen levels up in the face of such judgement.
Afternoon tea sherries all ’round, perhaps? She’s just popped down the shops for supplies…
The Queen’s Cocktail
1 part gin
2 parts Dubonnet
Orange or lemon twist to garnish (optional)
Pour one part gin and two parts Dubonnet over lots of ice and stir.
Add a lemon or orange twist, if you like.