The Queen Has Made Her Own Gin

Lula Sharp
July 15, 2020

The Aviation Gin owner jokingly celebrated the Royal Family's launch of a gin brand, officially titled Buckingham Palace Gin, by sending a bottle to Beatles artist Paul McCartney.

Due to be served at future events at the palace, it has gone on sale through the Royal Collection Trust promising the "perfect summer thirst-quencher" with "unique royal origin".

Buckingham Palace Gin is made with 12 botanicals, several of which are found growing in Buckingham Palace's gardens, including lemon verbena, hawthorn berries, bay leaves and mulberry leaves.

According to the statement, which was shared on Monday, July 13, the vast garden at the 94-year-old monarch's residence "provides a habitat for 30 species of birds and more than 250 species of wildflowers".

Buckingham Palace gin can be purchased online from www.rct.uk/shop for £40 (US$50) per 700ml bottle and is also available to buy from Royal Collection Trust shops.

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Additionally, the mulberry trees that will supply leaves for the gin were initially planted during the reign of James I. Currently, there are 40 different species of such trees planted throughout the palace garden.

Her favourite drink is gin and Dubonnet - one part gin and two parts Dubonnet, with ice cubes and a slice of lemon - which she is said to enjoy immediately before lunch.

Her Majesty has also been known to polish her collection of rare jewels with a concoction of gin and water, according to royal dresser Angela Kelly, but it remains unclear whether the new brand will be used for that goal.

All profits from sales of the gin go to the Royal Collection Trust, a charity which maintains and displays the large collection of royal artifacts from artwork to furniture held in trust by the Queen for her heirs and the nation.

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