Queen Elizabeth news – Her Majesty indulging in NEW 'guilty pleasure' after doctors force her to give up daily martini

Queen Elizabeth news – Her Majesty indulging in NEW 'guilty pleasure' after doctors force her to give up daily martini

THE Queen has stopped having her daily dry martini, it has been reported but has now taken up a 'guilty pleasure'.

Last month, it was said Her Majesty, 95, was cutting down on her alcohol for health reasons.

Royal sommelier Demetri Walters has revealed how alchol was affecting her health.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, the wine professional said: “It’s bad for her joints, and she can’t drink too much when she’s doing all these royal engagements — it’s not a job you can drink in.”

However, the monarch hasn’t given up booze entirely, and still enjoys a glass of wine with her meal.

The sommelier continued: “I choose for the Queen, but she’s quite exacting, as she doesn’t drink much wine at the moment.”

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  • Louis Allwood

    Prince William peace offering to the press

    Prince William has “smoothed the path” to his reign with a strategic peace offering to the press, according to a royal expert.

    Roya Nikkah appeared in the BBC documentary The Princes and the Press saying the Duke of Cambridge has made his peace with the media. 

    The Royal Editor at The Sunday Times added: “Has William making peace with the media smoothed the path towards his time in the monarchy when it comes to it? Yes it probably has.

    “But he’d rather have a relationship with the media where he feels it can go both ways.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Harry "furious" over treatment to Meghan on tour

    Prince Harry was reportedly “furious” over Meghan Markle’s treatment during the couple’s royal tour of South Africa a royal source has revealed.  

    Royal expert Robert Jobson made the claims in the final episode of the two-part BBC documentary The Prince and The Press. 

    He said Prince Harry was “extremely furious with the whole media” as he gave a speech on the outskirts of Johannesburg. 

    He added: “He didn’t want to look at the cameras. He didn’t want to interact.”

  • Louis Allwood

    When did the Queen first do her Christmas speech?

    The BBC first aired the Christmas speech in 1932 when King George V addressed the nation via radio from Sandringham, Norfolk.

    The speech was televised for the first time when it was given by the Queen in 1957.

  • Louis Allwood

    ‘Rock-solid’ sources behind book claim

    Christopher Andersen has insisted he had “rock solid” sources for his claims that Prince Charles questioned the complexion of Archie's skin.

    He alleges Prince Charles asked Camilla over breakfast: “I wonder what the children will look like?”

    Clarence House has denied the claims, which over­shadowed the Prince of Wales’ visit to Barbados.

    But yesterday Andersen was adamant his book Brothers and Wives: Inside the Private Lives of William, Kate, Harry and Meghan was accurate.

    He told US website The Daily Beast: “My sources are rock solid and they helped me unravel the mystery of which royal Harry and Meghan were talking about when they said a member of the family had brought up the issue of how light or dark their children might turn out to be and that there were concerns about what that would mean for the monarchy.”

    Andersen said the remarks were the “innocent musings of a grandfather” that were “twisted over time by palace operatives into something far more racially charged and toxic”.

    Clarence House said: “This is fiction and not worth further comment.”

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    "2022 sees one of the greatest celebrations"

    Clare Maclennan, divisional director of commemorative coin at the Royal Mint, said: “The Royal Mint has a proud history of striking coins for British monarchs and 2022 sees one of the greatest celebrations of Her Majesty the Queen with the upcoming Platinum Jubilee.

    “Marking 70 days until the anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne, the Royal Mint is delighted to reveal the commemorative Platinum Jubilee 50p design ahead of its launch in the new year.

    “In recognition of the landmark occasion, this is the first time a royal milestone has been commemorated on a 50p coin and is a fitting celebration for Britain’s longest reigning monarch.”

  • Louis Allwood

    ‘Disrespectful’ Meghan blasted by Donald Trump

    Meghan Markle has been accused of “disrespecting the Queen” and “using” Prince Harry by Donald Trump.

    The criticism came from the former US President in a new interview with Nigel Farage, in which he alleges the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have “hurt” the Royal family.

    Meghan has been criticised by Trump before and earlier this year he said he would consider running for President again amid rumours she was planning a bid for the White House.

    During the interview, Trump also spoke of his admiration for the Queen, which he says stems from his Scottish mother, and how that’s clouded his view of Meghan.

    He once again took aim at the Duchess, who he believes used Harry "terribly", according to the Daily Mail.

    Trump told the former UKIP leader: “I think she’s been very disrespectful to the Queen, who’s such a great woman, such a great person, a historic person.

    “I think she’s very disrespectful to the Royal Family and most importantly to the Queen.

    “I think Harry’s been used and been used terribly. I think it’s ruined his relationship with his family, and it hurts the Queen."

  • Louis Allwood

    The new 50p commemorative coin

    A new 50p coin has been announced by the Royal Mint and it will be launched next year to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

    It will be the first time a royal event will appear on the tails side of the coin and the design has even been approved by the Queen.

    Featuring the number 70 to denote the number of years the Queen has reigned up to 2022, her cypher will also be nestled inside the zero as the central focus of the design.

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    Queen’s Christmas speech hijack

    The BBC is the regular broadcaster of the Queen's Christmas speech, however the Royal Family have recently had a falling out with the broadcaster.

    Channel 4 have seen this as a door opening and have entered the race to air the festive speech.

    An insider said: “This is a bold and unprecedented move from Channel 4.

    “But they are a public broadcaster, too, and don’t have any axes to grind. Bosses are continually looking to expand the broadcaster’s remit and give viewers fresh and unexpected programming.

    “They’ve made it clear they would like to film the speech this year — especially if the Royals punish the Beeb and withdraw their rights, although that does seem unlikely. But the Royal family have shown they have backbone and won’t stand for much more nonsense.

    “Channel 4 would definitely love to show the Queen’s speech this year should the BBC be punished again.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Protecting £18m Spotify podcast deal

    The Sussexes are working to protect their £18million podcast deal after failing to produce any content this year leaving Spotify bosses puzzled.

    Pressure has been mounting on the couple to follow up the only episode of their multi-year contract.

    The only episode they have put together lasts for just 35-minutes and was a holiday special last December.

    Spotify last year excitedly announced it was expecting a full-scale launch of content from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex throughout 2021.

    But with only one show under their belts, the streaming platform has so far paid the couple £500,000 for each minute.

    Meanwhile, Harry has appeared on numerous other podcasts, including Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert in May, where he said his life was like Jim Carrey film The Truman Show.

  • Adriana Elgueta

    What dress code rule did Meghan Markle break?

    Meghan Markle set fashion tongues wagging after appearing at her first Trooping the Colour looking every inch the modern-day Princess in a bespoke creation by Venezuelan designer Carolina Herrera.

    However, the Suits-actress-turned-princess has already overlooked one Royal fashion rule: exposing her shoulders.

    Fashion tradition usually dictates that royal women do not wear off-shoulder or other more revealing styles.

  • Adriana Elgueta

    Why does Kate wear tiaras now?

    Before her wedding, the Duchess of Cambridge wasn’t seen in public wearing a tiara.

    This is because glamorous headpieces are typically reserved for married women.

    Tiaras are traditionally worn at formal events, and are used as a “sign of status”.

    Harrold told the BBC: “The old rule is that hats are never worn indoors after 6pm, because that is when the ladies changed into evening dress, and tiaras and the family jewels would come out.”

    He added: “For married ladies, it was a sign of status and would show you were taken and not looking for a husband.

    "For the gentleman, it was a clear sign not to make advances toward the lady in question."

  • Adriana Elgueta

    Why does Prince William often wear chinos?

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge must adhere to a dress code when they’re out and about at informal events, too.

    For women, a smart day dress or trousers teamed with a blazer is deemed acceptable, while men opt for a collared shirt with chinos.

    Wills is often seen in the smart day trousers, but has on occasion broken the rules and worn jeans.

    Etiquette expert Grant Harrold, known as The Royal Butler, told the BBC: “"Many places will not allow jeans as they are still seen as very casual wear, so it is better to play safe for both sexes.

    "But if the duchess is outside walking the dogs for example, then jeans are fine."

  • Adriana Elgueta

    Why does the Queen wear gloves?

    The Queen is rarely seen without her gloves, which are often Michael Jackson-esque white or a dark-toned leather to match her handbag.

    The monarch wears these for practical reasons during the daytime as she is frequently required to shake hands with hundreds of people.

    This fashion item helps stop germs being spread from person to person.

    Long opera gloves are worn for formal evening events such as state banquets.

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    Why does Prince George always wear shorts?

    William Hanson claims that shorts on young boys are a silent British class marker and trousers are deemed “suburban” – something no self-respecting royal would want to be considered.

    He told The Sun Online: “Not only does The Duchess of Cambridge have to worry about dressing herself but she has to dress her own children appropriately.

    "She has to find a balance between royal tradition, heritage and more proletariat customs, such as the ‘suburban’ habit of making young boys wear trousers."

    William said the dress code harks back to historic traditions that state "shorts are for little boys, trousers are for men" and he probably won't wear trousers until he's around seven or eight years old.

    Although he did break with tradition at his uncle's wedding by wearing trousers.

  • Adriana Elgueta

    Queen shared poignant message about ‘passage of time’

    The Queen sent a poignant message about the “passage of time” – just days before her wedding anniversary to the late Prince Phillip.

    The 95-year-old monarch’s message was read by her son as she recovers from a sprained back. 

    Addressing the opening session of the 11th General Synod of the Church of England, the Queen said: “It is hard to believe that it is over 50 years since Prince Philip and I attended the very first meeting of the General Synod.

    “None of us can slow the passage of time, and while we often focus on all that has changed in the intervening years, much remains unchanged, including the Gospel of Christ and his teachings.”

    Read the full story here.

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    Queen tells Royal Family she is ‘far better’ and will host traditional Christmas at Sandringham

    The Queen has told the Royal Family she is now “far better” and able to host the traditional Christmas at Sandringham following her health scare, according to sources.

    Her Majesty, 95, has moved to reassure her family she is on the mend and “looking forward” to the festive family gathering at her Norfolk estate.

    Fears over the Queen’s health were sparked in recent weeks after the monarch was forced to pull out of a number of engagements due to a back sprain.

    On the advice of her doctors she has been resting at Windsor Castle after becoming injured almost two weeks ago.

    Last month she spent a night in hospital for an unspecified condition.

    Read the full story here.

  • Adriana Elgueta

    The Queen has stopped having her daily dry martini, it has been reported.

    Last month, it was said Her Majesty, 95, was cutting down on her alcohol, and now royal sommelier Demetri Walters has revealed the reason.

    Speaking to the Daily Mail, the wine professional said: “It’s bad for her joints, and she can’t drink too much when she’s doing all these royal engagements — it’s not a job you can drink in.”

    However, the monarch hasn’t given up booze entirely, and still enjoys a glass of wine with her meal. 

    Demetri added that he has a tough job, as the Queen is very selective about the vintage of the bottle.

    The sommelier continued: “I choose for the Queen, but she’s quite exacting, as she doesn’t drink much wine at the moment.”

    Read the full story here.

  • Adriana Elgueta

    Meghan ‘drove out’ employees

    In last night’s programme, Meghan’s lawyer denied the duchess has ever bullied her staff – but insisted: “She wouldn’t want to negate anyone’s personal experiences.”

    Jenny Afia of Schillings addressed claims Meg inflicted “emotional cruelty” on employees and “drove them out”.

    Meghan was the only Royal Family member to take part — raising the possibility the BBC told her what was going to be in the documentary while leaving the rest of the royals in the dark.

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    Queen’s food is always X-RAYED before she eats it at banquets

    peaking to Hello!, former royal chef Graham Tinsley explained how security is always taken up a notch ahead of a banquet.

    And just to be extra safe, absolutely everything the caterers were holding also had to be signed off.

    Graham added: "For higher calibre banquets, we're required to put all our food, containers, knives and kitchen equipment through an X-ray machine whilst motorcycles then drove us into the castle."

    He said: "I always suggested two puddings for the menu – Diana's favourite and one the Queen didn't like so I knew the Queen would pick the Bread and Butter Creme souffle.

    "It worked every time and the Princess got it whenever she visited the Queen. When the platter came back to the kitchen I had to fight off the chefs from digging in and I'd put it into the warmer and wait."

    In an interview with Marie Claire, ex-royal staffer Darren indicated that Her Majesty is quite down-to-earth with how her dishes are served.

  • Adriana Elgueta

    The Queen's message to Barbados

    The Queen has sent a message to the President and people of Barbados as it becomes a Republic within the Commonwealth:

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    Meghan Markle shares on her Prince Harry’s last wild night in Toronto before going public

    Meghan Markle says she and Prince Harry once dressed up in costume to enjoy a wild Halloween night out without being recognised.

    The evening of frivolity came when the pair were still just dating and long before they ditched the Royal Family for a ‘quieter’ life out of the spotlight in the UK and into the glaring spotlight of Hollywood interviews.

    Meghan, 40, was casting her mind back to her carefree days while having a sit down with Ellen Degeneres – whose talk show routinely pulls in millions of viewers every day.

    Speaking about her romance with 37-year-old Prince Harry – with whom Meghan shares two-year-old son Archie and five-month-old daughter Lilibet – the former Suits actress shared a fond memory of a night out with fellow royal Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank.

  • Adriana Elgueta

    Harry and Meghan 'never said they wanted privacy'

    Elsewhere in the documentary, Ms Afia addressed claims that Harry and Meghan quit the Royal Family as they wanted a private life.

    But the lawyer insisted that the couple never intended to "take a vow of silence" when they moved to the US to carve out a new life for themselves.

    Instead, she said the pair had challenged "blatant violations" in line with their values.

    She said: "That doesn't mean, just because you assert your human rights that you then become some kind of Trappist monk, take a vow of silence and you’re not allowed to discuss anything.

    “That's not how privacy works. Privacy is about the right to own and control what personal information you choose to share with somebody.

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    The Queen well wishes Scots of St Andrew's Day

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    Did Harry dip into Diana's jewellery box for Meghan?

    The couple made their first public appearance since making the engagement announcement in a photo call outside Kensington Palace.

    During the event, she proudly flashed her sparkly three-stone ring and smiled for the cameras.

    The stunning, yellow gold ring was designed by Prince Harry himself and includes a central stone from Botswana, where the pair recently went on holiday, and two diamonds from Diana’s collection.

    Cleave and Company, Court Jewellers and Medallists to Her Majesty The Queen all helped with the creation of the dazzling jewellery piece.

  • Adriana Elgueta

    Will Barbados cut ties the Queen?

    It will be the first time since 1992 that a country has removed the Queen as head of state, and Prince Charles is attending an event to mark the change as his mother’s representative.

    “As with a lot of other things, Barbados is one of the leaders of the region. When other countries see what’s happening here, and how easy it is to transition, it may lead to a domino effect where others follow suit,” said restaurant owner Zamani Moody to The Independent.

    “I’m not sure of the impact it’ll have, though, on the Commonwealth. I know with the separation of Britain from the EU, there was the thought that the Commonwealth would get stronger and a hope that the UK would pour more resources into that.”

    “Dismantling the legacy of the British Empire isn’t going to happen till we have honest conversation locally on the values, systems and traditions we continue to uphold in our society,” Rene Holder-McClean-Ramirez, an LGBT+ and human rights advocate told The Independent.

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