COVID-19 has affected us all, and all of us differently.
Sure, most of us aren't too concerned for the welfare of the ruling class in the present - however it's at least interesting to see how far-reaching the economic effects of the virus are. For the Queen, social distancing measures have meant to closure of various royal residences and attractions to the public - meaning no tourists and no revenue. That all starts to add up.
Live feed of Buckingham Palace rn - via GIPHY
Fortunately the royal family own a considerable fortune in assets, land and IOUs - and instead of tapping into that, the Royal Collection Trust have decided to license some more merch for the public to swallow, now launching a boutique gin onto the market.
The Royal Collection Trust has launched a gin! The spirit is infused with citrus & herbal notes of 12 botanicals - several from the Buckingham Palace garden, including lemon verbena, hawthorn berries, bay leaves & mulberry leaves.— The Crown Chronicles (@crownchronicles) July 13, 2020
📸 RCT/ © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2020 pic.twitter.com/maJnE9TMGX
Buckingham Palace Gin is a London Dry Gin, which is fitting, since it's made in one of the most iconic of London locations. The lemon, mulberry leaves and hawthorn berries - among other botanicals - are all sourced from the gardens withing the palace. Nice if you've got it, I suppose: I'm pretty sure all the berries in my garden are poisonous.
For the full experience, why not drink your gin off a commemorative plate? - via Mark Morgan on Flickr
It's easy to knock, but one thing we've learnt in lockdown is that everybody needs a hobby. If the Queen wants to start making moonshine, more power to her - and yet, as a citizen of the commonwealth, I feel I should be entitled to a free sip.
Would you be keen to taste the Queen's home brew? If not, which celebrity's backyard spirits would you like to try?
Gin Tonic Cocktail image via Pixabay.