It seems that Queen Elizabeth very much values routine! We’ve previously learned that the royal has a favorite kind of cake — "chocolate biscuit," made by her Buckingham Palace chefs — that she has a slice of every single day. In addition, she’ll only wear one shade of nail polish, Essie’s Ballet Slippers, and, if we’re being really nosy, we also know that she eats her pears like a boiled egg by cutting off the top and scooping out the insides with a spoon.
And now, according to a report from The Independent, we know the queen imbibes four drinks per day! The report states the Queen enjoys a gin and Dubonnet with a slice of lemon and a “lot of ice" shortly before lunch. Then, during the meal, she’ll raise her glass for a tipple of wine. The monarch of more than six decades will then take a dry Martini and a glass of bubbly in the evening.
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The rather interesting insight into Queen Elizabeth's drinking habits follows the surprise departure of her current private secretary Sir Christopher Geidt, who recently resigned from the post. Sir Christopher, who has been with the palace since 2002, shared a statement explaining his decision. He also revealed his successor, Edward Young, will take over the role.
"It has been my very great privilege to serve the Queen since the Golden Jubilee in 2002 and, especially, as her private secretary for the past decade. In that time, as throughout her reign, Her Majesty's authority has brought stability, purpose and color to country and Commonwealth alike," he said.
Christopher continued to say, "With the Duke of Edinburgh's recent decision to draw back from public life, the Queen's own unwavering commitment as sovereign has the full and active support of the entire royal family. It is therefore with every confidence, and with Her Majesty's agreement, that I now hand over the responsibilities of the Queen's private secretary to my successor, Edward Young."
Christopher's deputy, Edward, first joined the royal household in 2004. Christopher's departure has been described as a shock, with the Mail on Sunday reporting that a dramatic shakeup is taking place as the Queen and Prince Charles try to impose greater unity on the rival "firms," or households, of the younger royals. The 91-year-old Queen and Prince Philip — who retires from royal duty this week, have made no secret that they're preparing to scale back their workload and hand the baton over to the younger generation.
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