The Queen has a vast wine cellar underneath Buckingham Palace with booze worth around £2 million

THE Queen has a vast wine cellar hidden under Buckingham Palace containing thousands of bottles of booze thought to be worth around £2 million. 

While the palace itself has 775 rooms, vast chambers lie beneath it, including the original wine vaults from when the building was merely Buckingham House. 

There are at least seven rooms in the sprawling wine cellars, dating back to 1703, which remain largely unchanged even to this day. 

The Telegraph was lucky enough to be given a tour of the boozy chambers, reporting the contents is worth around £2 million. 

Among the impressive collection is aChâteau Léoville Barton dating from 1988, and a 1963 Fonseca and Quinta do Noval, while whites from South Africa and New Zealand line the shelves. 

But the pièce de résistance of the cellar is a bottle of sherry dating back to 1660, which was discovered when the new London Bridge was built, and presented to the Queen. 

But it’s not just wine which is stored in the stone-lined rooms, with boxes of Tetley tea and Carlsberg also lying around. 

The wine cellars are maintained by the Yeoman of the royal Cellars, who is in charge of making sure the cellars are fully stocked, as well as selecting wines for meals and occasions. 

An exhibition at the palace, called A Royal Welcome, previously gave guests a taste of what the cellar looks like, with the event featuring a partial recreation of the infamous wine cellar.

Despite the royal cellars being filled with thousands of bottles, this isn’t where booze for state banquets or functions is kept. 

The Government pays the bar tab for official events, with wine, beer and spirits used for official functions kept a stone’s throw from the palace, in Lancaster House. 

Funded by the taxpayer, this treasure trove holds around 39,000 bottles, according to the BBC, with some bottles worth up to £10,000.

And we revealed the Queen’s staff still use antique cookware including pots and pans from Queen Victoria’s reign.

Meanwhile the Queen has banked more than £6m in prize money off gambling on her thoroughbred horses.

Plus we revealed the Queen employs a Grand Carver whose job it is to cut and serve her meat on special occasions.

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