What Is Prince William’s Favorite Alcoholic Drink?

Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, is the eldest son of Charles, Prince of Wales, and the late Princess of Wales, Princess Diana.  He is second in line to the throne. As part of his royal duties, he travels on official tours and does charitable work with his wife Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, with whom he has three children. 

The British royal family works hard to follow certain protocols of etiquette while in the public eye. Royal protocols include how to greet others, standards of dress, how to drink tea, and even foods to avoid (such garlic). With such stringent rules, however, the royals are still allowed to drink alcohol, in moderation, and the are not at all shy about it.

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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge | Phil Noble – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth led the way to a tall pint of Guinness

Just recently, Prince William and Kate Middleton took a three-day trip to Ireland in response to the heightened tension in the aftermath of Brexit. As part of their tour of goodwill, the Duke and Duchess decided to visit the Guinness Storehouse, one of Ireland’s most famous tourist attractions.

The Guinness Storehouse isn’t where the “Black Stuff” is brewed, but has seven floors of interactive experiences related to the history of the beer. The top floor of the Guinness Storehouse is home to Gravity Bar where visitors can actually enjoy a pint or two of Guinness.

the queen visited the Guinness Storehouse back in 2011, and royal protocol says the queen always leads, prompting Prince William to joke during the special event: “Ladies and gentlemen, let me tell you it is not often that I find myself following the queen to a pub! But I am looking forward to testing for myself the theory that Guinness tastes even better in Ireland than overseas!”

Prince William loves beer and soccer

Prince William may be a royal, but he’s a pretty typical Brit in many ways, including his love of soccer (or football, as they call it) and beer. It’s not uncommon for him to be seen sharing a beer with some friends to chat about the beloved sport. He’s been using his love of soccer recently to bring attention to a cause near and dear to his heart: men’s mental health. 

“Imagine if we talked about mental health as much as we talk about football,” the caption of his family’s official Instagram said. He went on to lay out some mental health statistics and add, “The simple act of starting a conversation can often be the start of a more positive future.”

Beside him in the photo is Frank Lampard, head coach of the Premier League club Chelsea. Lampard and Prince William are working with the campaign, Heads Together, to help end the stigma around mental health issues.

What other drinks do the royals love?

Queen Elizabeth doesn’t just enjoy a beer from time to time, she also enjoys cocktails and wine. The queen’s former chef, Darren McGrady told CNN that her favorite drink is a gin and Dubonnet and that she enjoys a glass of German wine with dinner.

While the former Duchess and Duke of Sussex are now just Meghan Markle and Harry after exiting royal life, they are still part of the royal family, and Harry is still in line for the royal throne. Markle is a big fan of red wine, especially the Italian wine Tignanello, while Harry favors beer.

Prince William and Harry’s father, Prince Charles, is now remarried to Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and they both enjoy wine. Camilla grew up drinking wine as a child “rather like the French,” she said, and is even the president of the UK’s Vineyard Association.