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Apparently, the Queen has a secret tunnel through to a cocktail bar

Princess Eugenie's husband has claimed that it goes from St. James's Palace to Dukes Bar in the exclusive Dukes Hotel

Robert Percy posted in Drinks
1d ago

We all know by now that the Queen loves a tipple or two. When former royal staffers and members of the royal family are interviewed, a fairly recurrent topic of conversation is the Queen's love of a stiff drink. It's perhaps not that surprising then that the British tabloids are reporting that she has a secret underground passageway to one of the poshest cocktail bars in London!

This almost unbelievable nugget of information is supposed to have come from Princess Eugenie's husband Jack Brooksbank. He has reportedly claimed to the Daily Mail's royal editor Richard Eden that this tunnel runs from St. James' Palace to Dukes Bar, a part of the super posh and super-exclusive Dukes Hotel in central London. "I haven’t used it yet, but I’d love to check it out," reportedly quipped Brooksbank about the rumoured private tunnel. I certainly wouldn't blame him! Any kind of secret passageway is cool, let alone one that goes to a cocktail bar!

As to why the Queen would want to have her own private passageway to one of London's most exclusive haunts, the answer is pretty obvious. Dukes Bar has been a watering hole for the top of London society for decades (Ian Fleming was a regular visitor, for example) and it's known for its 'legendary' Martini, which has been described by the New York Times as "one of the world's best". We've already talked about this legendary Martini on FoodDevour and, as our editor Rachael Hogg said, it's something you really do need to experience for yourself!

If this secret passageway to Dukes Bar from St. James' Palace does indeed exist as it's been claimed, it wouldn't be the only secret passageway the Queen uses. There's one hidden behind a mirror in the White Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace, which leads up to the Queen's private apartments. The reason this passageway exists is so that the Queen can make a quick entrance without having to go through a load of extra rooms.

"Often when the Queen is meeting guests, they’re lined up for her here in the Music Room for her to meet," Amy Reynolds, curator of the Royal Collection, told TV presenter Kate Garraway when she gave viewers of Good Morning Britain a tour of Buckingham Palace back in 2015. "It allows her to make an entrance without having to walk through all of the different palace rooms."

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