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Queen selling gin from ingredients in Buckingham Palace garden to raise funds after £30million loss

THE QUEEN is flogging bottles of gin made made from ingredients found in her royal gardens.

The £40 bottles of Buckingham Palace Gin are made from 12 botanicals including lemon verbena, hawthorn berries, bay leaves and mulberry leaves grown at the palace.

The Queen Mother famously enjoyed a daily tipple before lunch of gin mixed with Dubonnney and a slice of lemon - with the pips removed.

It comes as the Royal Collection Trust needs to raise funds after making a £30million loss due to dwindling tourism caused by Covid-19.

The trust, part of the Queen's Royal Household, has now launched its own premium £40-a-bottle London dry gin for sale in its shops.

The 42% abv booze will also be served at official events at the Palace such as garden parties and dinner bashes.

The bottle reads: "Handpicked botanicals from Buckingham Palace's execptional garden have been combined to create this unique and flavoursome gin."

A spokesman said: "For the perfect thirst-quencher, the recommended serving method is to pour a measure of the gin into an ice-filled short tumbler before topping up with tonic and garnishing with a slice of lemon."

All profits from sales goes to The Royal Collection Trust which is expected to lose £30million this year due to falling tourist numbers.

PALACE LAY-OFF

The Sun revealed last week the Trust making between 150 and 250 redundancies.

It's annual £18million payment to the Queen's coffers have been postponed for 12 months as a result.

It has been forced to take out a £22million loan to survive.

The trust is reopening Windsor Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace, and The Queen’s Galleries in London and Edinburgh, to tourists on July 23.

The RCT shoops, selling the gin, will open the same day.

The garden at Buckingham Palace provides a habitat for 30 species of birds and more than 250 species of wildflowers.

The planting of mulberry trees was popularised in England during the reign of James I, and this royal association continues today, with 40 different species of the trees in the Palace garden.

Buckingham Palace gin can be purchased online from www.rct.uk/shop. It will also be available at Royal Collection Trust shops.

The Queen has an inventive use for gin herself, using it to keep her diamonds clean and sparkly.

In her tell-all book The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe, Her Majesty's confidante and stylist Angela Kelly revealed the secrets behind her iconic wardrobe.

She wrote: "Gin and water are handy for giving the royal diamonds a little extra sparkle."

And then if that doesn't work well enough, Angela then uses washing liquid to restore their shine.

The Queen as you've never seen her before - painted in RED WINE

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