The Queen’s historic four-day visit to the Republic of Ireland was on the brink of farce this afternoon when a tour of the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin ended with a Royal decree that the brewery be closed for a Royal lock-in.
Television news cameras followed the Queen and Prince Philip as they toured the famous facility, catching the moment where the art of pouring the perfect pint was explained, though both appeared to reject the opportunity to taste the Irish tipple.
However, as the cameras were turned off and live television coverage returned to the studios, the Queen – dared by her husband – took a sip from the frothy head of the pint. Before long Her Royal Highness had finished the entire drink and, eager for more, ordered the brewery to be closed for a Royal lock-in.
“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” said one employee at the Guinness Storehouse. “When the television cameras were rolling she seemed very reluctant to even touch the drink, let alone taste it. But as soon as she knew the cameras were no longer filming her she got stuck right in there. We were all looking at each other in dis-belief. She took a small sip and seemed content with that, but before long she had downed the whole pint.”
“She didn’t even burp after gulping it down,” said another employee. “She’s obviously done this before.”