Why the queen gave up her dry martini every night … but still enjoys good wine with dinner – .

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Why the queen gave up her dry martini every night … but still enjoys good wine with dinner – .


Given Prince Andrew’s troubles and the regular gunshots from Prince Harry and Meghan, the Queen could be forgiven for needing a drink.

So I am fascinated to learn that Her Majesty always enjoys a drink.

Reports last month suggested the monarch had given up on his daily martini, but mystery surrounded his reasons for cutting back on alcohol.

Now, Royal Sommelier Demetri Walters has revealed, “It’s bad for her joints, and she can’t drink too much when she’s doing all these royal engagements – it’s not a drinkable job. “

Royal sommelier Demetri Walters revealed that the Queen had cut back on spending because alcohol hurt her joints while performing her royal duties

The Queen was known to enjoy a nighttime martini to unwind after a hard day of performing her duties

However, Walters says the Queen, 95, hasn’t given up on alcohol altogether. She continues to enjoy a glass of wine with her meal – and it has a very difficult job, as she is much more selective about the vintage.

“I choose for the Queen, but she’s quite demanding, as she doesn’t drink a lot of wine right now,” he told me during a dinner at the Dorchester in Mayfair.

Walters worked for royal wine supplier Berry Bros and is now an independent advisor to clients, including Royalty.

When not advising the royal family on food and wine pairings, he works with Michelin-starred chefs on their menus, including Michel Roux Jr.

One of the strangest developments in his career was to become a “beer sommelier” for Prince Philip, who had his own opinions on medical issues related to alcohol.

The Queen hasn't given up on alcohol completely and still enjoys a glass of wine after dinner

The Queen hasn’t completely given up on alcohol and still enjoys a glass of wine after dinner

“He had this idea that he couldn’t drink wine because it would make him too sick in his old age, so, very exceptionally, I had to act as a beer sommelier for him,” Walters explains.

“I didn’t dare tell him that beer is even worse for you.

The Queen is said to have had a few drinks to get through the day, including a gin and Dubonnet before lunch, a glass of sweet German wine with her evening meal, and a dry martini before bed.

She loves Dubonnet so much that last month she awarded the glass a royal warrant.

The Queen’s favorite drink would be one part gin for two parts by Dubonnet. Chin-chin!

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