Some may say its a tradition, others may say it is a waste of a good bottle of whisky. When Her Majesty launched the Royal Navy’s newest vessel in Scotland on Friday, this is exactly the thing that many people were contemplating.
The Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier was christened Friday on the banks of the River Forth with the traditional smashing of a bottle of alcohol, only this time around it wasn’t champagne that was smashed, it was a bottle of Bowmore whisky. Particularly fitting to use Bowmore for the ships chrsitening, as Her Majesty’s only visit to a whiskey distillery was to Bowmore’s Islay home in 1980.
“We wouldn’t generally recommend smashing a bottle of Bowmore, but given our special relationship with Her Majesty, we were delighted to make an exception for this special occasion,” Distillery head Mike Keiller commented.
It was not the first time this year that members of the Royal Family had been in close contact with whiskey. Back in May, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Glenturret distillery in Perthshire, which is said to be the oldest whiskey distillery in Scotland.
It was a huge honour for the Edrington owned site, which produces The Famous Grouse and is home to the brands visitor centre. It is, however, unlikely to be Prince George’s last encounter with Scotch, given how his family have given the spirit ‘Royal Support’ over the years.
Princess Anne opened Pernod Ricard’s new bottling line at the company’s Paisley factory last year, whilst Her Majesty recently presented Pope Francis with a bottle of Balmoral whisky.
It may surprise you to know but The Famous Grouse has also helped The Queen out in an emergency before: when Michael Fagan broke in to the Queen’s bedroom in 1982, it was reported that a tot of The Famous Grouse calmed him down.
The spirit has also helped to christen a new Royal Navy ship in honour of Queen Elizabeth, and also helped calm down an intruder of Buckingham Palace; maybe if the Royal Family are in favour of it, we should all give it a try!