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  • Queen Elizabeth II has introduced her own brand of gin for the Royal Collection Trust called Buckingham Palace Gin 
  • The new drink may make its way to the monarch's glass, according to a former palace chef
  • The Royal Collection Trust is trying to diversify its offerings after incurring huge losses due to the pandemic

Queen Elizabeth just launched her own brand of gin, the ingredients of which are gathered from the Buckingham Palace Garden.

The Royal Collection Shop has introduced a new product called Buckingham Palace Gin. The drink is available for pre-order and comes with a “unique royal origin.”

“The spirit is infused with citrus and herbal notes derived from 12 botanicals, several of which are from Buckingham Palace garden, including lemon verbena, hawthorn berries, bay leaves and mulberry leaves,” the Royal Collection Trust wrote.

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

According to Darren McGrady, a former palace chef, it’s likely for the new drink to find its way to the monarch’s glass. The Queen reportedly enjoys a daily cocktail of gin and Dubonnet, People reported.

The outlet noted that the new gin represents the royal’s financial lifeline. The Royal Collection Trust has lost millions of dollars because the coronavirus pandemic has forced Buckingham Palace and other royal homes like Windsor Castle and Holyrood House to shut their doors from tourists.

They will be reopening on July 23. However, around 200 royal staffers are reportedly at risk of losing their jobs this summer.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has posed by far the greatest challenge to Royal Collection Trust in the charity’s history,” a spokesperson for The Royal Trust Collection told People.

“The closure to the public of Windsor Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace, and The Queen’s Galleries in London and Edinburgh has had a very significant and serious impact on our finances. Based on current cost assumptions, it is estimated that Royal Collection Trust will incur a loss of £30 million ($37.6 million) by the end of 2020/21.”

According to Tatler, the Royal Collection Trust is trying to diversify its offering due to the losses it incurred during the pandemic. The Royal Collection was earlier expected to make $97 million this year. However, it has managed to make only $16 million.

The outlet added that the pay is being frozen as they work on a pension scheme. In addition, the Trust is reportedly seeking voluntary redundancies to mitigate the losses.

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