Queen Elizabeth II is going (mostly) sober. According to a report from Vanity Fair‘s royal correspondent Katie Nicholl, the monarch’s doctors have told her it’s time to retire her routine of having a nightly drink.
Citing two sources close to the Queen, Vanity Fair reported that “doctors have advised the Queen to forgo alcohol except for special occasions to ensure she is as healthy as possible for her busy autumn schedule and ahead of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations next June.”
And, just in case you’re not up on your Jubilee terminology, next year’s Platinum Jubilee will mark the Queen’s 70th (!!!) year on the throne. It’s a huge event and the Queen’s doctors want to make sure she’s healthy and ready to celebrate just as much as she deserves to.
“The Queen has been told to give up her evening drink which is usually a martini,” a family friend told Nicholl. “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.”
Although the Queen rarely imbibes in public, her private drinking habits have been reported on a lot over the years. At one point, reports actually suggested that the Queen drank four cocktails every day, but, as Vanity Fair notes, those claims have been disputed. Darren McGrady, who served as the Queen’s royal chef from 1982-1993 has gone on the record saying that the monarch almost never drank at lunch and usually just had a small glass of sweet German wine with dinner.
Palace sources have said that the Queen enjoys a drink most nights and usually chooses a dry martini (although she’s also said to love a good Dubonnet and gin, too).
According to Nicholl, the Queen is totally fine with her doctors’ recommendation and will only be drinking water and soft drinks from now on.
“The alcohol has gone, her doctors want to make sure she is as fit and healthy as possible,” a second royal source confirmed in the report.
Here’s to the Queen’s health (which we’ll drink to with a cold glass of water, ofc).
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