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Gin, Martinis and Champagne Daily! Inside the Queen Mother’s ‘Steady’ drinking habits.

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Queen Elizabeth‘s beloved mother, the Queen Mother wasn’t afraid to imbibe. And she started off with her daily drinking routine before the lunch time. 


 Well, the Queen mother enjoyed steady, rather than excessive consumption of alcohol.

The wife of King George IV started things off with a glass of Dubonnet and gin before lunch. It was usually served in the drawing room or out in the garden when weather permitted at Clarence House, where she lived from 1953 to 2002.

She then enjoyed some wine with her meal.

Major Colin Burgess was responsible for mixing a martini or two before dinner for the Queen Mum. In fact, she sipped Veuve Clicquot champagne as she ate.

Burgess previously recalled working for the royal saying that:-

“Her fondness for red wine, particularly heavy clarets, which she loved and drinking a bottle and a half at his first meeting with her. Following my appointment, I discovered the Queen Mother’s pattern of drinking rarely varied”. 

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“At noon, she had her first drink of the day. It would be a potent mix of two parts of the fortified wine Dubonnet to one part of gin. This was followed by red wine with lunch and, very occasionally, a glass of port to end it”.

“Later came the ritual which was observed to take place at 6 p.m. ‘Colin, are we at the magic hour’?, the Queen Mother would invariably ask, and I’d mix her a martini”.




“After a couple of these drinks, she would sit down peacefully for dinner and drink one or two glasses of pink champagne”.

The Queen Mother was said to be an intelligent woman.

She was intelligent and well-educated. She even spoke French fluently by the age of 10 after receiving home-schooling lessons. The Queen Mother met her husband, then Prince Albert, in her late teens and they married in 1923.

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The couple’s first daughter, Princess Elizabeth was born in 1926, and their second daughter, Princess Margaret, in the year 1930.

The Queen Mother and her husband unexpectedly claimed the throne following the abdication of Prince Edward in 1937. And she immediately made it the central duty of her and her family.

Her drinking habits didn’t seem to pose a problem to her health. She died at age of 101 in 2002, just two months after the death of her younger daughter, Margaret, who was 71.


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