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The vital reason why the Queen must stop drinking - on doctors' orders

Queen Elizabeth II leaves after attending the opening ceremony of the sixth session of the Senedd in Cardiff. Picture date: Thursday October 14, 2021.
The Queen, October 2021, in Cardiff. (PA) (PA)

Like her mother before her, whose favourite drink was a gin and Dubonnet cocktail on the rocks, the Queen enjoys a pre-dinner drink. It's usually a martini, made from gin, extra-dry Vermouth and a twist of lemon.

At 95, however, Her Majesty, who enjoys exceptionally good health and is still a working monarch, has been told by royal doctors to forego alcohol, 'except on special occasions.'

“The Queen has been told to give up her evening drink which is usually a martini,” a family friend told Vanity Fair's Katie Nicholl.

“It’s not really a big deal for her, she is not a big drinker but it seems a trifle unfair that at this stage in her life she’s having to give up one of very few pleasures.”

NEPAL - FEBRUARY 19:  Queen Elizabeth II drinks champagne at a State Banquet in Nepal  (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)
Back in the day, Her Majesty enjoying a drink at a state banquet in Nepal (Getty Images) (Tim Graham via Getty Images)

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The Queen is known to enjoy a glass of sweet German white wine at dinner, and in the past, would have a glass of champagne before bed, though as the sparkling drink is not known for it's digestion-aiding qualities, that tradition has probably ended.

Now, however, she will be left with tea, water or fruit juice. "The alcohol has gone, her doctors want to make sure she is as fit and healthy as possible,” another source said.

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The reasoning behind the change is her busy Autumn schedule, followed by next summer's Platinum Jubilee, a huge occasion with planning already well underway.

Her schedule is busier than ever in the run-up to Christmas, and with Harry and Meghan and Prince Andrew no longer able to take on royal engagements, the burden will fall on The Queen once again to represent the monarchy.

Queen Elizabeth II of Britain sampliesa Barrosa wine while visiting Chateau Barrosa in Adelaide during her golden jubilee tour, 28 February 2002. (Photo by AFP / POOL / AFP)        (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP via Getty Images)
A quick nip in Australia, trying a glass of Barrosa wine at a vineyard during the Golden Jubilee tour, 2002. (AFP/AFP via Getty Images) (AFP via Getty Images)

According to the latest plans, during the autumn she will be travelling frequently between Windsor, now her main home, and Buckingham Palace where she carries out royal duties such as investitures, alongside her usual schedule of engagements.

The Platinum Jubilee, celebrating 70 years of the Queen's record breaking reign, will run throughout 2022, with a central weekend bank holiday of Thurs 2 to Sunday 5 June.

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"The four days of celebrations will include public events and community activities, as well as national moments of reflection on The Queen’s 70 years of service," reveals the official website.

There will be events including Trooping the Colour, a service of Thanksgiving, and a huge pageant with 5,000 performers on The Mall in London.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II takes a sip from her champagne glass during her speech at a state banquet at the Quirinale Palace in Rome on the first day of the state visit to Italy.   (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
Having a drink at a state banquet in Rome. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images) (PA Images via Getty Images)

There will also be a live concert at Buckingham Palace, called the Platinum Party at the Palace. The Queen will be touring the UK to meet well-wishers, too.

It's an exhausting schedule for anyone, never mind a 96 year old, and those around the Monarch are keen for her to be in the best of health.

What she has made of this new ruling is of course, not on record - but if she decides she'd like a pre-dinner martini despite medical advice, it's not as if the doctors can stop her.

After all, she's the Queen- and at 95 she can jolly well drink whatever she likes.

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II raises her glass during a toast with U.S. President George W. Bush (not pictured) at a state dinner in the State Dining room of the White House in Washington, May 7, 2007.   REUTERS/Jason Reed  (UNITED STATES) - GM1DVFCNBAAB
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II raises her glass during a toast with U.S. President George W. Bush (not pictured) at a state dinner in the State Dining room of the White House in Washington, May 7, 2007. REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES) - GM1DVFCNBAAB (Reuters)