Always liking to keep up with the times, Buckingham Palace has just launched its gin. All proceeds go to the Royal Collection Trust. This registered charity helps find the care and conservation of the Royal Collection, one of the largest and most valuable art collections in the world.

The British Royal Family are well-known gin as well as art lovers. The spirit has 12 botanicals, several of which are from the Buckingham Palace garden, including lemon verbena, hawthorn berries, bay leaves, and mulberry leaves. The planting of mulberry-trees became popular during the reign of James I, and today the palace gardens are home to 40 different varieties.  The gin will be served at all official palace events. It is available from the Trust’s on-line shop for £40.

  • As are, along with jams. Teas, biscuits,  homeware and chinaware, a Buckingham Palace desk diary,  crown-topped ballpoint pens, fountain pens, a Buckingham Palace wine stopper, English truffles, the longest-serving monarch’s chocolate biscuit tube, violet, and peppermint creams, a Buckingham Palace chocolate coin,  a wine stopper, Windsor Castle chocolate bars, Buckingham Palace port, Paulliac, Buckingham Palace Tokaji and Palace of Holyrood 12-year-old single malt Scots whiskey. Perhaps the most sought after royal endorsed items are a limited edition Mappin & Webb pocket watch( £995) and, of course, a range of tiaras.

The most expensive being a freshwater pearl tiara ( £120) and crystal crown tiara ( £150), G&T takes on a new meaning. Gin & Tiara.