Even though Queen Elizabeth "is not a big drinker," a family friend tells Vanity Fair the 95-year-old monarch does not appreciate "having to give up one of very few pleasures."

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Queen Elizabeth has been advised by doctors not to partake in one of her favorite cocktails, according to a report.

"The Queen has been told to give up her evening drink which is usually a martini," a family friend told Vanity Fair of the of the 95-year-old monarch.

"It's not really a big deal for her, she is not a big drinker," added the friend, "but it seems a trifle unfair that at this stage in her life she's having to give up one of very few pleasures."

The Queen — who was seen this week walking with the assistance of a cane in public for the first time since 2003 — has previously revealed that she is not a wine aficionado. In 2019, she told the head of the National Institute of Agricultural Botany during a visit: "I don't actually drink wine myself, but I hear it's very good."

That said, the monarch has been known to favor a tipple of Dubonnet and gin with a slice of lemon and a lot of ice. She also is said to enjoy a bone-dry gin martini (handy since, Buckingham Palace has its own brand) and reportedly also enjoys a champagne nightcap before bed.

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Future King Prince Charles also reportedly prefers a dry martini — though, like Prince William and Kate Middleton, he's occasionally been photographed bellying up to the bar at pubs across the U.K. while attending events as part of his royal duties.

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