The British royal family is working hard to follow certain etiquette protocols in the public eye. Royal protocols include how to greet others, dress standards, how to drink tea and even foods to avoid (like garlic). With such strict rules, however, members of the royal family are still allowed to drink alcohol in moderation, and they are not at all shy about it.
Queen Elizabeth paved the way for a big pint of Guinness
Most recently, Prince William and Kate Middleton went on a three-day trip to Ireland in response to the increased tension following Brexit. As part of their goodwill tour, the Duke and Duchess decided to visit the Guinness Storehouse, one of the most famous tourist attractions in Ireland.
The Guinness Storehouse is not the home of the Black Stuff, but has seven floors of interactive experiences linked to the history of beer. The top floor of the Guinness Storehouse houses the Gravity Bar where visitors can actually enjoy a pint or two of Guinness.
the queen visited the Guinness Storehouse in 2011, and the royal protocol says the queen still leads, prompting prince william to joke at the special event: “Ladies and gentlemen, let me tell you that this is not often that I find myself following the queen for A bar! But I can’t wait to test for myself the theory that Guinness tastes even better in Ireland than abroad! “
Prince William loves beer and football
Prince William may be a royal, but he’s a pretty typical Brit in many ways, including his love of football (or football, as they call it) and beer. It is not uncommon for him to be seen sharing a beer with friends to discuss the beloved sport. He recently used his love of soccer to draw attention to a cause close to his heart: men’s mental health.
“Imagine we’re talking about mental health as much as football,” said his family’s official Instagram legend. He then presented some mental health statistics and added, “Just starting a conversation can often be the start of a more positive future.”
Beside him in the photo is Frank Lampard, head coach of the Premier League club Chelsea. Lampard and Prince William are collaborating on the Heads Together campaign to help end the stigma around mental health issues.
What other drinks does the royal family like?
Queen Elizabeth doesn’t just drink beer every once in a while, she also likes cocktails and wine. Former Queen’s chef Darren McGrady told CNN that her favorite drink was gin and Dubonnet and that she enjoyed a glass of German wine with dinner.
While the former Duchess and Duke of Sussex are only Meghan Markle and Harry after leaving royal life, they are still part of the royal family, and Harry is still in line for the royal throne. Markle is a big fan of red wine, especially the Italian wine Tignanello, while Harry favors beer.
Prince William and Harry’s father, Prince Charles, is now remarried to Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and they both love wine. Camilla grew up drinking child wine “a bit like the French,” she said, and is even president of the Vineyard Association in the United Kingdom.