Betting on ponies
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II “rakes in” an “astonishing amount of cash” each and every year from horse racing, according to Travel + Leisure. Apparently, she’s pulled in more than $8.8 million in winnings from horse racing prize money over the past three decades alone. You won’t find Her Majesty placing bets, however, though you will see her in the stands at Royal Ascot. She’s directly involved with the breeding, raising, and training of the horses. When they win, she wins…and then they win again because she ploughs her substantial winnings right back into the horses and their trainers.
A four-cocktail-a-day habit?
Lots have been written about Her Majesty’s drinking habits, with some claiming she regularly enjoys four cocktails a day, including:
A pre-lunch cocktail made of gin, Dubonnet, a twist of lemon, and lots of ice.
A glass of wine with lunch.
A dry gin martini (which is basically straight, neat gin and a tiny splash of vermouth), also with lunch.
A glass of Champagne before bed.
That said, it appears that no one source has noted her drinking all four of these in any given day, let alone every day. What’s more likely is these are the favourite cocktails of the Queen, and she enjoys them now and then.
High tea with all the trimmings
We have heard from several different sources that the Queen takes her daily afternoon tea with the complete traditional “high tea spread,” which as described by the BBC, includes sandwiches, scones, cakes, jams, preserves, and sometimes cookies and pastries. Decadent? Perhaps. Delightfully charming? Without question.