The Queen Mother, mum of the Queen herself, liked her booze (see the bottle of gin left by an adoring public outside her residence at Clarence House after her death, right). This will come as no surprise to anyone with a bit of knowledge of the royal family, but a new book by her equerry, Major Colin Burgess, has shed some new light on her daily regimen:
Noon: At least one glass of her favourite tipple, gin and Dubonnet: two parts Dubonnet - a pink vermouth - to one part gin.
Lunch with red wine followed, finished off with port.
6 pm: According to Burgess, she would ask, "Colin, are we at the magic hour?" "I would then rather flamboyantly look at my watch, raise an eyebrow and say to her, 'Yes, ma'am, I think it's just about time,' before popping off to mix her a martini."
Dinner: 2 glasses of Veuve Cliquot pink champagne.
The Guardian reports: "A conservative estimate puts the number of alcohol units she drank at 70 a week (the recommended limit for a woman is 14) but she's the one who lived until the age of 101, so take that, teetotallers."
Bonus: According to Wikipedia, "She employed a personal staff with many gay persons and once said, after her gin and tonic was continuously delayed by backstairs bickering, "When one of you young queens has finished, can you bring this old Queen a drink?"