I Gave Her a Whopper
“As an anonymous Anglican bishop told the Daily Telegraph, ‘The Queen Mother was very much a gin drinker. I think it pickled her.’ Stories of her prodigious capacity abounded. Like the lunch party where the hostess ‘knew she liked a big gin and Dubonnet, so I gave her a whopper, which I suppose amounted to a triple. . . When I came back to her, four or five minutes later, her glass was already empty, so I offered her the same again. ‘So delicious’, she said, ‘perhaps just a little more.’ She had three of those triples before lunch and her fair share of wine during it. . .” Neil Pendock, South Africa’s Sunday Times, May 5, 2002.