It’s no surprise that there’s a lot we don’t know about the Queen’s main residence, but a secret ‘booze tunnel’ is far from what we had in mind. If the royal family intended to keep it hidden from public knowledge, they’re probably disappointed knowing that one of their very own revealed this monstrous secret to the Daily Mail.
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Secret booze tunnel
According to several sources, including The Sun, Mirror, and International Times, Princess Eugenie’s husband Jack Brooksbank let this information slip when in conversation with Richard Eden, Daily Mail’s royal editor.
The son-in-law of Prince Andrew, who is a bar manager himself, apparently disclosed the detail while attending a party that was sponsored by Casamigos, a tequila brand for which Brooksbank works as a brand ambassador. He reportedly said:
There is one to Dukes Bar from St James's Palace. I haven't used it yet, but I'd love to check it out.
Duke’s Bar is one of London's most popular bars that is world-famous for its martinis. It’s located right outside the palace on St. James street, so it’s quite likely that the royals still use this passageway to sneak into the venue without getting the crowd riled up.
This is obviously not the only tunnel in the expansive palace, as there are also whispers that Buckingham Palace is connected to other venues in the city including the Houses of Parliament, Clarence House, and Whitehall.
Other sources close to the family have also exposed shortcuts that were created for the monarch's convenience. Anna Reynolds, a curator of the Royal Collection Trust, told ITV about one specific tunnel that connects the Queen’s private apartments to a waiting room that guests are normally put into when visiting the monarch. She said while on Good Morning Britain:
This is the way to the Queen’s apartments, and often when the Queen is meeting guests, they’re lined up here in the music room.
It allows her to make an entrance without having to walk through all the Palace rooms.