Queen Elizabeth II, it would seem, values routine. We’ve previously learned that the royal has a favorite kind of cake — "chocolate biscuit" made by her Buckingham Palace chefs — that she has a slice of every single day. She’ll only wear one shade of nail polish, Essie’s Ballet Slippers, and, if we’re being really nosy, we also know that she eats her pears like a boiled egg — cutting off the top and scooping out the insides with a spoon.
And now, according to a report from the U.K.'s The Independent, which credits the monarch’s late cousin, Margaret Rhodes, we know the Queen imbibes four drinks a day. Per the report, shortly before lunch, the Queen enjoys a gin and Dubonnet with a slice of lemon and a “lot of ice.” Then, during the meal, she’ll raise her glass for a bit of wine. The monarch of more than six decades will then take a dry Martini and a glass of bubbly in the evening.
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If you’re counting, that comes to six units per day, which would technically make Her Majesty a binge drinker by government standards. But let’s leave her alone, shall we?
The rather boozy insight follows the surprise departure of the Queen’s current private secretary, Sir Christopher Geidt, who resigned from the post. Sir Christopher, who has been with the palace since 2002, shared a statement explaining his decision. He also revealed his successor, Edward Young, will take over the role.
"It has been my very great privilege to serve the Queen since the Golden Jubilee in 2002 and, especially, as her private secretary for the past decade. In that time, as throughout her reign, Her Majesty's authority has brought stability, purpose, and color to country and Commonwealth alike."
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