A taste of Royalty! The Queen launches her own Sandringham gin

The gin's botanicals are made with plants grown on the Sandringham estate

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The Queen is known to enjoy a G&T now and again, like the rest of us.  But now she's gone one step further by creating her own gin, with botanicals from her own back garden.

• The Sandringham Celebration Gin, which is priced at £50, is made with leaves from myrtle plants and exotic Sharon fruit
• The two ingredients can be found on the Sandringham Estate - which is the Queen's country home
• This follows royal news that Princess Michael of Kent has tested positive for Covid-19

The limited-edition gin, which is distilled on the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, by local distillery Whatahoot, is available in 50cl bottles and available from the estate's online shop.

Fit for royalty - the gin bottle is encrusted with a crown and royal estate logo, while it also describes it as a 'full-bodied gin with rich juniper tones and a lingering citrus finish'.

The gin, which is sold in the Sandringham estate's gift shop online, is made with ingredients including Sharon Fruit and Mrytle. The ingredients are described in more detail on the shop's Instagram page: "Our gin includes Sharon fruit, a woody tree related to ebony, also known as the Chinese Persimmon and foliage from myrtle plants."

They also explained that the Sharon Fruit is "grown in the Walled Garden on a sheltered wall at the end of what was a range of glass houses, built on the winnings of the famous racehorse, Persimmon, owned by King Edward VII."

While the foliage from myrtle plants is also grown on the Estate and "originated from a cutting taken from Princess Alexandra’s wedding bouquet on her marriage to Prince Albert Edward, who later became King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra."

Of course, this isn't the first royal gin - Prince Charles launched his own charity gin earlier this month, flavoured with herbs from his own garden. While a Buckingham Palace gin was also launched in September.

The Sandringham Estate, which has 500,000 yearly visitors, has also been given the go-ahead for a new adventure playground.

Sarah Finley
Sarah Finley

Sarah is a freelance writer - writing across titles including Woman & Home, Fit & Well, Tech Radar and the BBC. Covering a variety of subjects, including the royals, celebrities and trends in beauty, fashion and wellness - her biggest passions are travel and fitness. She can normally be found trying out the latest fitness class or on a plane to an exotic destination (pandemic allowing) - or writing about either of them.