The late monarch came face-to-face with the elephant-shaped ice sculpture in 2003, according to event planner Johnny Roxburgh
According to royal family event planner Johnny Roxburgh, the party’s elephant-shaped vodka luge left the late monarch a bit puzzled.
Speaking on Channel 5’s The Royal Borough: Kensington and Chelsea, airing Thursday in the U.K., the 73-year-old recalled William’s celebration and revealed how Elizabeth saw the luge while someone was pouring vodka into the elephant’s head and asked what it was.
“I remember when it was William's 21st, [it] was a jungle theme,” said Roxborough, reported the Daily Mail. “And we have an enormous vodka luge, which was made in the shape of an elephant's head. And she looked at me and said, ‘What is that?’ ”
“And I said, ‘Ma'am, it's a vodka luge.’ I could have said it was it was a tin of Brasso, because she just looked at me confused and said, ‘Hmmm.’ ”
Roxburgh previously opened up to Tatler about the fancy dress-themed bash and revealed how William was “wonderful to work with” and “charming beyond belief.”
“We created an African jungle at Windsor Castle with full-size elephants made from palm husk, table centers that would shame a Lion King headdress, a giant ice vodka luge in the shape of an elephant’s head," he told the publication in 2018. "I realized then that our future king is a very cool young man.”
According to the Daily Mail, the Shakarimba band from Botswana were also flown in to provide entertainment for the 300 guests, which included Queen Camilla, actor Rowan Atkinson and late socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson.
Per the publication, William reportedly chose the theme for his celebrations due to his close ties with several African nations.
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Kate reportedly enjoyed a margarita at the countryside event near the family's Norfolk home, according to the London Evening Standard.
A source told the outlet that Kate “was in high spirits, ordering spicy margaritas, eating affogato and speaking affably with the other members of her party.”
“Her companions apparently carted in a huge, balthazar-sized bottle of AIX rosé and, together with Kate, left the festival restaurant staff a £700 tip,” the Evening Standard added.
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