Report: Queen Elizabeth Advised to Cut Out Evening Drinking

In preparation for next year's Platinum Jubilee

Queen Elizabeth
Queen Elizabeth II (Patron of the Commonwealth Games Federation), wearing her Nizam of Hyderabad diamond rose brooch, attends the launch of the Queen's Baton Relay for Birmingham 2022, the XXII Commonwealth Games at Buckingham Palace on October 7, 2021 in London, England.
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In June of next year, the United Kingdom will commemorate the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation with the Platinum Jubilee — composed of a series of events including a four-day bank holiday. She will be 96 at the time — and, with that in mind, her doctors are advising her on ways to be in the best possible health for what’s likely to be a significant number of public appearances and jaunts around the country.

In a new report from Vanity Fair, Katie Nicholl has details on one particularly notable bit of medical advice she’s received — namely, to take a break from drinking alcohol. What does this mean in practice? According to the article, the Queen is partial to an evening martini, but she’ll be opting for something non-alcoholic as per her doctors’ request.

“It’s not really a big deal for her, she is not a big drinker but it seems a trifle unfair that at this stage in her life she’s having to give up one of very few pleasures,” one source told Vanity Fair.

The Queen’s penchant for cocktails — both the aforementioned martinis and Dubonnet and gin — isn’t the only area where the royal family overlaps with the world of booze. There’s also a recently-released gin made using botanicals from the gardens of Buckingham Palace. If you’ve ever wanted to increase the Anglophilia in your cocktails, that’s certainly one way to go about it.

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