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Brits Would Rather Clink With Kate Than Cheers With Charles

Brits Would Rather Clink With Kate Than Cheers With Charles
15 June 2023 Samantha Anderson

Princess of Wales tops list of Royals Brits most want to share a drink with on King’s official birthday according to Ambassador Cruise Line.

  • King Charles III celebrates first Trooping the Colour this weekend
  • Ahead of the big day, Ambassador asked the British public which Royal they’d most like to enjoy a birthday drink with
  • More Brits would rather have a cocktail with Kate, William or Harry than imbibe with His Majesty

Image credit: Markus Spiske

This weekend, the UK will experience King Charles III’s first official birthday celebration, with the annual ‘Trooping the Colour’ taking place in London on Saturday 17 June 2023. Ahead of the grand parade, the UK’s premium value no-fly cruise line, Ambassador Cruise Line, asked the British public which Royals they would most like to have a drink with on His Majesty’s big day – and the results reveal that the King is third in line when it comes to which Royal people most want to help them get into the party spirit.

Toast of the town in first place is Catherine, Princess of Wales, with 14% of Brits surveyed opting ‘tequila’ few hours drinking with her over all the other Royals. Catherine was most popular amongst females aged 35-44, and had the most support from Northern Ireland (22%), England’s South West (17%), North West (17%) and Wales (17%). Catherine, aka Kate, is said to be a fan of white wine, and is even known to have enjoyed the odd pint of Guinness!

Tied in second place was William, Prince of Wales, and Harry, Duke of Sussex, with 12% of Brits saying they would ‘schnapp’ at the chance to drink with one of the two brothers, even with Harry remaining mostly ‘absinthe’ from the UK in recent times. Prince William was more popular amongst males (15%), while Harry was more popular with females (13%). Despite their differences, the brothers have been known to enjoy pints of beer together on multiple occasions, but more recently Prince William confessed his love of vodka cocktails – suggesting his taste for tipples may be becoming more sophisticated with age and rank.

Harry’s past reputation as a party animal has no doubt helped him remain a popular choice of bar buddy if a drink’s going spare. And, the 12% of us who said we’d like to enjoy an alcopop or two with the Duke of Sussex was 9% more than those who said they’d rather partake with his ‘WKD’ stepmother, Queen Camilla.

Although many might have expected our new King to be top of the list, his Majesty ranked third alongside former rugby star, Mike Tindall. Almost one in ten (8%) Brits want to share a drink with the rugby player turned royal, the same amount who would enjoy an ‘old fashioned’ chat with the most senior royal himself, who is understood to be partial to a martini as his beverage of choice – a classy concoction fit for a King!

It was horses for courses for Princess Anne, who polled in sixth place of preferred drinking partners, with as many saying Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, suits equally well. Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie sit at the bottom of the list, but it is good to see that, when it came to votes, the sisters received an equal measure.

The overall rankings are:

1. Catherine, Princess of Wales – 14%
2.= William, Prince of Wales – 12%
2.= Harry, Duke of Sussex – 12%
4.= King Charles III – 8%
4.= Mike Tindall – 8%
6.= Megan, Duchess of Sussex – 7%
6.= Anne, Princess Royal – 7%
7.= Zara Phillips – 4%
8.= Camilla, Queen Consort of the UK – 3%
9.= Princess Eugenie – 1%
9.= Princess Beatrice – 1%

Enjoy a Purple Reign with Ambassador’s Signature Cocktail
One might assume King Charles will be supping a libation this coming weekend, along with many people from across the UK, on land and at sea. Those currently sailing on Ambassador’s two ships – Ambience and Ambition – can raise a glass to his good health when onboard while enjoying a celebratory sip of the cruise line’s Ambassador Cocktail, which – being in the cruise line’s ‘Allium’ purple brand colours – might meet with Royal approval.

If a cool cocktail tempts your tastebuds and you’re not sailing with Ambassador on Saturday, those inspired to whip up Ambassador’s signature drink at home to mark our Monarch’s birthday can find the recipe below:


  • Vodka (2cl)
  • Trip sec (2cl)
  • Lime Juice (1cl)
  • Cranberry Juice (1cl)
  • Blue Curacao (Dash for colour)

Fill a shaker with ice cubes. Add all ingredients. Shake and strain into a martini glass. Drink.

Experience the best of the British Isles with Ambassador this summer
As Brits across the country enjoy the King’s Birthday celebration in the sunshine this Saturday, Ambassador Cruise Line, a proud British company, encourages people to explore more of their great nation and discover some of the cruise line’s late summer British Isles Cruises.

With multiple sailings across August and September ranging between 8-13 nights, there is a cruise for anyone wishing to see more of the UK this holiday season. Guests can visit homegrown hotspots including John O’Groats, Isle of Skye, Isle of Mull and Guernsey on the British Isles Discovery Cruise on 2 September from London Tilbury, or Isles of Scilly, Portsmouth, Invergordon and Belfast as well as a quick trip along the River Seine on the British Isles & Seine Discovery Cruise on 8 August from Liverpool.

As a no-fly cruise line, Ambassador guests need not experience the airport queues and travel strikes expected to impact many during the coming months, and instead can look forward to a stress-free holiday sipping on their favourite drink on their cabin balcony. With a great range of drinks packages and extensive beverage menus on board – featuring all of the Royal’s favourites – Brits can sip on their drinks of choice while enjoying a summer seacation to remember.

Following the launch of its first ship, Ambience, in 2022, the cruise line recently launched its second ship, Ambition, which heralded the first departures from eight regional UK ports: London Tilbury, Newcastle, Dundee, Edinburgh Leith, Liverpool, Belfast, Bristol, and Falmouth – making it easier for guests from all over the country to enjoy a no-fly cruise with the company.

To book, guests can visit the Ambassador Cruise Line website or call freephone number 0808 1028701.


Notes to Editors:

  • Ambassador surveyed 2,000 people in the UK & Ireland via Mortar Research.

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About Ambassador Cruise Line
Ambassador Cruise Line launched in 2021, offering premium-value no-fly cruises to the UK market. Based in Purfleet, Essex, Ambassador provides authentic adult-only experiences combined with a selection of multi-generational itineraries to multiple destinations including the Nordics, Greenland, Iceland, Canada, the Mediterranean, Caribbean and Africa. The cruise line’s first ship, Ambience, entered the fleet in May 2022, operating from her home port of London Tilbury. From the 2023/24 season, guests will sail onboard Ambience as well as Ambassador’s second ship, Ambition, which sailed her maiden voyage in May 2023 and heralds the launch of sailings from eight regional UK ports: London Tilbury, Newcastle, Dundee, Edinburgh Leith, Liverpool, Belfast, Bristol, and Falmouth.

Ambassador’s extremely experienced management team is led by Chief Executive Officer, Christian Verhounig, and its principal shareholder is Njord Partners LLP, London. Ambassador is a member of ABTA, the UK’s leading travel trade association widely acknowledged as the mark of trust and reassurance associated with travel brands. Consumer funds are protected by means of a financial failure insurance policy managed by TMU Management Limited and underwritten by Accelerant Insurance Europe SA, who are regulated by the Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA 3193). The scheme is fully compliant with the Package Travel and Linked Arrangements Regulations 2018.

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