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Queen Elizabeth is now selling beer…well sort of

May 7th 2021 at 06:50

The head of the royal family in Britain is steering into an interesting and lucrative business venture.

It was confirmed by the palace on Thursday that Queen Elizabeth II will launch her own beer, well actually her estate.

The two beers are made from organic barley grown on the queen’s country estate, Sandringham, and will be packaged in bottle form (500ml) and priced at £ 3.99 (R80) each. The beers can be purchased from the estate’s gift shop.

The beer is also made “crystal clear water drawn from the nearby borehole”. The beers come in two variations, a 4.3% Best Bitter and a stronger variation, the 5% Golden IPA.

We’re thinking ahead to Fathers Day and what better way to celebrate than with one of our new Sandringham Beers.

Sandringham Estate has developed an IPA and a Bitter from organic Laurette Barley grown on the wider Estate and is available to buy now from the Sandringham Shop.

— Sandringham (@sandringham1870) May 4, 2021

The Sun reported Sandringham Beers are brewed by Norfolk-based Barsham Brewery. The label on the bottle reads: “The Sandringham Estate is a wildlife haven for pheasants, hares, owls and many other species thrive in the wood and farmland habitats.”

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The Best Bitter has been described as “uniquely natural” and “full-flavoured” while the IPA is said to have a “subtle flavour”.

This is not the first time Buckingham Palace has tapped into the alcohol industry having released a sloe gin just a few days ago, describing it as a fruit gin and sold on the royal collection shop website.
It has flavours of whole sloe berries steeped in the classic Buckingham Palace gin to give this sloe gin a unique and intense fruit flavour.

Compiled by Sandisiwe Mbhele 

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Boris Johnson floats idea of R4bn royal yacht in honour of Prince Philip

May 5th 2021 at 15:12

When he was foreign secretary, Johnson said a new royal yacht would “add greatly to the soft power of this country”.

But according to the Sebastian Shakespeare column in The Daily Mail newspaper, Queen Elizabeth will not be pleased if the proposed new boat replaces her much-loved Royal Yacht Brittania, which was decommissioned in 1997, and which she loved so much she was even seen wiping away tears at the ceremony in Portsmouth.

Queen Elizabeth’s ‘lukewarm response’ to new royal yacht

Late car parking tycoon Sir Donald Gosling, who offered £20 million (about R340 million) of his own money towards building a new boat, apparently described the monarch’s response as “lukewarm” when he spoke to her about a new yacht previously, while her husband Prince Philip – who died last month aged 99 – feared it would just become a “political football”.

The Daily Mail column quotes a friend of Sir Donald, who said: “HM said the last thing she wanted was to be seen as ‘angling’ for something that detractors could claim was just another royal bauble. And although Philip had been initially keen on the idea of a ‘floating embassy’ which could be used to provide training and apprenticeships, he said the subject had just become the inevitable political football.”

‘Memorial to Prince Philip’s love of Commonwealth, Britain and the sea’

MP Craig MacKinlay is currently leading a Westminster group backing the idea, and said in a statement recently: “The towering figure that was the Duke of Edinburgh deserves a permanent tribute to his support for the country, the Commonwealth and the Queen. I can think of nothing better than a replacement for Royal Yacht Britannia bearing his name as the permanent memorial to his love of Commonwealth, Britain and the sea.”

Prince Philip’s funeral set to take place next week Saturday

April 10th 2021 at 13:29


The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, Prince Philip, will take place next week, Buckingham Palace said on Saturday, announcing a stripped-back ceremony due to coronavirus restrictions, and a return for exiled royal Prince Harry but not his wife, Meghan.

Royal officials said the funeral, which will be televised, will take place at 1400 GMT on Saturday, April 17 in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, west of London.

It will be preceded by a national minute’s silence in memory of the 99-year-old Duke of Edinburgh, who died peacefully on Friday morning.

Close attention has been paid to the pared-down guest list for the funeral – as government guidelines restrict mourners to just 30 people – and whether the duke’s grandson Harry would attend.

Palace officials confirmed he would but his American wife, Meghan, who is pregnant with their second child, had been advised against travelling from the United States on medical grounds.

The Queen, 94, and close family are expected to make up the rest of the mourners at the ceremony.

Gun salutes earlier echoed around the United Kingdom on Saturday as the armed forces paid solemn tribute to the duke.

The coordinated 41-round volleys to the former Royal Navy commander were fired at a rate of one per minute from 12:00 (1100 GMT) in London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast, as well as at naval bases, from warships at sea, and in the British territory Gibraltar.

Similar salutes – the most according to military protocol – were also held in Canberra and Wellington, as the Queen is head of state in Australia and New Zealand.

At the Tower of London, a crowd of more than 100 onlookers kept a respectful silence as they watched the Honourable Artillery Company fire shots on the banks of the River Thames.

One onlooker, Heather Utteridge, said she had come to show her respects “for a superhuman”.

“It’s a great loss to not just the Queen, but actually to the country. He represented stability for all of our lives,” the 65-year-old told AFP.

Alexander Beaten, 30, said the royal couple, who had been married for 73 years, had been an integral part of British identity and culture.

“We can disagree with the government… but the Queen and Prince Philip are just such a constant,” he said.

Sporting events, including Premier League football matches, English county championship cricket, and the Grand National horserace, held silences as part of worldwide tributes to mark the death of the duke, during a period of national mourning.

The death of the duke, the longest serving royal consort in British history, on Friday is a profound loss for the ageing monarch, who once described her loyal husband as her “strength and stay” throughout her long reign.

Flags half mast

Flags were flying at half-mast on government buildings and will do so until the morning after his funeral.

The well-rehearsed protocol for the duke’s death — codenamed “Forth Bridge” — includes the recall of parliament on Monday.

British television stations cleared their schedules for special broadcasts looking back on his life, although the BBC said it had received complaints about the blanket coverage.

Westminster Abbey, where the couple married in 1947, tolled its tenor bell 99 times on Friday, once for each year of the prince’s life.

‘Heck of a guy’

US President Joe Biden paid tribute to the late Prince Philip on Friday as a “heck of guy” who “never slowed down” over his long life.

Speaking to reporters in the White House, the president said he and his wife Jill Biden sent condolences to Queen Elizabeth II.

“He was a heck of a guy,” Biden said, praising the prince’s service to Britain and the Commonwealth, and recalling the prince’s “bravery” in World War II.

Biden also noted Prince Philip’s charity work and being a “champion of the environment.”

“I think he’s going to be missed, particularly in the United Kingdom. Ninety nine years old and never slowed down at all, which I admire the devil out of,” said Biden, who at 78 became the oldest person inaugurated as president in January.

Earlier, Biden issued a statement saying: “From his service during World War II, to his 73 years alongside the Queen, and his entire life in the public eye – Prince Philip gladly dedicated himself to the people of the UK, the Commonwealth, and to his family.”


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