Kate Middleton is a whiskey fan and Cleopatra used to bathe in wine — here are the surprising favorite drinks of 10 popular royals

Some of history’s most powerful kings, queens, and members of royal families have been known for their unique drinking habits.

While some, like Princess Diana, only sipped on Peach Bellinis from time to time, others, like Catherine II (later known to the world as Catherine the Great), became renowned for their surprising drinking abilities.

Below, see the favorite drinks of 10 popular royals, from Kate Middleton to Cleopatra.


Kate Middleton: Jack Daniels

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One of Kate’s favorite drinks to sip is reportedly Jack Daniels, although it’s a close call between the “Crack Baby,” a mix of passion-fruit juice, vodka, and champagne that the couple was said to regularly drink at the nightclub Boujis.

Source: Telegraph


Princess Diana of Wales: Peach Bellini

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Princess Diana was said to have been partial to a peach Bellini, enjoying them the night she famously snuck out while dressed as a man with Freddie Mercury.

Source: Daily Mail


Prince Charles: Laphroaig malt

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The prince loves Laphroaig malt and even has a special Highgrove edition of the whiskey from Islay that he sells in his Gloucestershire estate shop.

Source: The Daily Meal


Prince Philip: Boddingtons beer

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Prince Phillip is an avid beer lover, with Boddingtons being his favorite. He loves beer so much that he is even said to have muttered “get me a beer” when he was offered fine wines by the former Prime Minister, Giuliano Amato, at a dinner in Rome.

Source: Telegraph


Queen Elizabeth: Gin and Dubonnet

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The queen’s mother drank this drink of three parts Dubonnet, seven parts gin, and a splash of lemon every day. The Queen developed a love for the drink too, enjoying a gin and Dubonnet before lunch and even before bed sometimes.

Source: Daily Mail


King Edward VII: Berry Bros. and Rudd’s King’s Ginger

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The mixture of ginger, honey, and a base of brandy was made specifically for the king after his doctor visited the British company and asked for a liquor to help cure the king of health problems. They kept producing it for the royal family for years until finally opening it up for consumers.

Source: The Atlantic


Catherine the Great: Imperial Russian Stout

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Britain started exporting beers to the Russian imperial court when Peter the Great developed a love for them after touring Europe in 1698. Catherine the Great drank this beer regularly and according to beer historian Pete Brown, she prided herself on being able to drink as much of it as any Englishman.

Source: BBC


Queen Victoria: Single malt whiskey and claret

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Many found the queen’s mix of claret and malt whisky disgusting, but it remained one of her favorite drinks. She also enjoyed beer, with her servants averaging eight pints of beer every day.

Source: Daily Mail


Napoleon Bonaparte: Chambertin wine

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Napoleon loved the wine so much that he is famously reported to have said, “nothing makes the future look so rosy as to contemplate it through a glass of Chambertin.”

Source: Worth Brothers/Derby Telegraph


Cleopatra: Wine

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Cleopatra is said to have had such a love of wine that she would sometimes even bathe in it.

Source: NBC News

Talia Avakian contributed to an earlier version of this story.