British royals news reveals that UK residents who would like to have a gin and tonic with Queen Elizabeth will now have the opportunity to do so…sort of. Buckingham Palace is now selling its own private label gin. Gin is said to be the Queen’s favorite spirit, and now residents in the UK are able to purchase her own brand of gin – Buckingham Palace Gin.
The exclusive gin is currently available for pre-order only, and it will ship at the end of August. It’s only available for residents of the UK at this time, and it is advertised as small batch dry gin that includes “handpicked botanicals from Buckingham Palace’s exceptional garden” that have been combined to create the “unique and flavorsome” gin.
Among the handpicked botanicals are lemon, verbena, hawthorn berries, and mulberry leaves, which make this gin sound absolutely delightful. The gin is offered online from the Royal Collection Shop, and it costs £40 for a 24-oz bottle. The recommended serving method is to “pour a measure of gin into an ice-filled tumbler before topping up with tonic and garnishing with a slice of lemon.”
Of course, royal watchers know that Queen Elizabeth is known to drink gin in a different manner. According to former royal chef Darren McGrady, “She [Queen Elizabeth] likes a gin and Dubonnet. That’s her favorite drink.”
The Buckingham Palace Gin bottle is somewhat of a work of art – it’s turquoise blue with a floral motif and an otherwise minimalist design, with a drawing of the palace on the back. Proceeds from the sale of the gin will go toward the Royal Collection Trust, which has been hit very hard by the coronavirus pandemic.
The Royal Collection Trust oversees all the royal art exhibits and public openings of Queen Elizabeth’s residences to the public – including Windsor Castle, the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace, and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
Sadly, the trust has recently asked a good portion of its 650-person-strong staff to take leave, and it took out a substantial multi-million-dollar loan after projecting losses of $37M for the next year. Here’s hoping that the Buckingham Palace Gin sales help out with the losses! Be sure to check back with us at CDL for all of your British royals news and updates.