Queen Elizabeth II has always been a gin-sucking royal: Prince Harry, Harry Potter

More than 600 years have passed since Queen Elizabeth II ascended the throne. At 86, she spends more time on a range of amenities than people are able to before the age of 100….

Queen Elizabeth II has always been a gin-sucking royal: Prince Harry, Harry Potter

More than 600 years have passed since Queen Elizabeth II ascended the throne. At 86, she spends more time on a range of amenities than people are able to before the age of 100.

But even she has a weakness. According to a new biography by biographer David Starkey, the monarch is big on gin.

Queen Elizabeth is known for doing things by her own rules. She doesn’t get manicures, prefers plats de peas, and prefers to exercise on her own. But she also has to adapt to the times.

“She thinks the scotch helps people think more clearly,” her press secretary Johnny Deane told the British magazine Time. “It helps soothe her nerves and doesn’t disturb the consort. So why on earth would she get a manicure?”

But the scotch doesn’t keep Elizabeth refreshed all the time. Apparently, the queen’s gin requires a little more soaking.

“She will drink a glass of water before gin is added because she doesn’t like to drink more than a teaspoon and a half at any one time,” Deane said.

Not only does this keep the Queen from mistaking two drinks for the same, it also enables the spirits to stay aged. Gin requires more time than the scotch does, so the royal will have to recycle the drinks on occasion.

“It’s a longstanding joke that she always has to ask for a water. Sometimes she has to borrow somebody’s water bottle or even get someone’s tea from someone else,” Starkey said on “Fox & Friends Weekend.”

At the end of October, the queen drank a gin and tonic instead of the traditional Mumm Champagne following the Royal Variety Performance. And lest you think she needs to stay out of harm’s way while partying, Starkey reminds viewers that the queen has her own personal royal butler, Maj.

“She’s at home with a butler, and that butler can give her a gin and tonic so that she can continue to carry on as normal,” Starkey said.

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