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It’s gin o’clock at the Palace (when is it not?) as this week saw Buckingham Palace launch their very own small batch gin – if only Princess Margaret and the Queen’s Mum were here to see it.

As expected, royal fans have gone nuts about the launch and what with the new tipple hitting shelves and Princess Beatrice marrying in a secret ceremony in the poshest hand me down of all time, it’s been a pretty scandal-free week in terms of royal news coverage.

Although not quite in the same league as the family’s best-known ‘sesh’ lovers – we’re looking at you Harry – The Queen has been known to indulge in a G&T or two, citing her favourite cocktail as gin, dubonnet, a slice of lemon, and ice with her lunch.

Jokes aside, the liquor sounds really rather lovely, having been made with ingredients straight from the Queen’s garden. The Royal Collection Trust, who have launched the creatively named Buckingham Palace Gin, have said “The spirit is infused with citrus and herbal notes derived from 12 botanicals, including lemon verbena, hawthorn berries, bay leaves and mulberry leaves.”

The bottle looks suitably Queen Elizabeth II approved – a clear and turquoise glass bottle with a ring of flowers entwined in a gold crown-esque motif, brought together with a fancy gold bottle top. It might not look as cool as a bottle of Tanqueray on your at-home bar, but it’s an ideal gift for any royal fans out there, or your nan.

The gin is set to be served at the palace once royal events start up again and we’re sure it is to become the inebriant of choice for Ma’am and the rest of the royals on the reg.

You can buy a bottle direct from the online Royal Collection Shop, who recommend “pouring a measure of the gin into an ice-filled short tumbler before topping up with tonic and garnishing with a slice of lemon.” Or presumably get someone to do it for you.

You’ll have to wait though, the first batch of this bespoke gin sold out in just eight hours and there’s now a waiting list that stretches until October 16th! Best add a bottle of Gordon’s to your next Ocado while we wait for Ma’am to pick those botanicals from the back garden.

The Buckingham Palace Gin is priced at £40 per bottle and available to pre-order now.

www.royalcollectionshop.co.uk