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The Queen & Prince Philip visited Burton in 2002 for the Golden Jubilee. The Prince gave the shires a bucket of ale & then sampled the 100 year old King’s Ale, which he said tasted like Madeira. Then they started the mash for their own Royal Ale.

7 years earlier, HRH Prince Philip had visited the Staropramen brewery, Prague, newly owned by Bass. His minders weren’t keen on him being pictured with beer, but our colleague, Lesley Allman, managed to slip him a glass and he said, thank goodness for that, I’m only here for the beer!

RIP your highness.