Why the Queen gave up her late night dry martini… but still enjoy good wine with dinner

Revealed: Why the Queen gave up her overnight dry martini…but still enjoys fine wine with dinner, according to royal sommelier

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

So I’m fascinated to hear that Her Majesty is still enjoying a drink.

Reports last month suggested the monarch had given up on her daily martini, but mystery surrounds her 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 taking on all these royal commitments – it’s not a job you can drink into.”

Royal sommelier Demetri Walters has revealed the Queen has been drinking less because alcohol hurts her joints when she performs royal duties

The Queen was known to enjoy a late night martini to relax after a hard day demanding her duties

The Queen was known to enjoy a late night martini to relax after a hard day demanding her duties

However, Walters says the Queen, 95, has not completely given up alcohol. She continues to enjoy a glass of wine with her meal – and he has a very hard job, as she is much more selective about the vintage.

“I choose the Queen, but she’s quite demanding as she doesn’t drink much wine at the moment,” he tells me over dinner at The Dorchester in Mayfair.

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

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

One of the weirder developments in his career was becoming a “beer sommelier” for Prince Philip, who had his own views on medical matters related to alcohol.

The Queen has not completely given up alcohol and still enjoys a glass of wine after dinner

The Queen has not completely given up alcohol and still enjoys a glass of wine after dinner

“He had the idea that he shouldn’t drink wine because it would make him too unwell in his old age, so it was very unusual for me to act as a beer sommelier for him,” explains Walters.

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

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

She enjoys Dubonnet so much that she awarded the drink a Royal Warrant last month.

The Queen’s favorite drink is said to be one part gin and two parts Dubonnet. Chin-chin!

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