From the expression on the Duke of Cambridge’s face, the privileges that come with rank are not always pleasant ones.
The Prince was given a tot of rum as he attended the rededication ceremony of the only surviving British Second World War-era submarine – a ritual usually carried out by newly qualified submariners.
While the lower ranks tend to have their rum watered down, officers are given have less water. In an apparent acknowledgement of his position as Commodore-in-Chief, Submarines, the Duke of Cambridge was given his neat and grimaced after knocking back the shot.
Used to be every day. And a substantial amount too. I’ve been told it was 1 gill (4 ounces?). Of 120 proof or so rum. Served as a shot and no keepies, drink it or decline it.
There was a time when it was twice a day, centuries ago, but the Admiralty abandoned that when they realised that absolutely nothing was getting done.
It’s only in my lifetime (and thus within my father’s serving career) that it was replaced with the beer ration. Which is still served open. Fine to drink at sea but not to save stock up and get drunk.
Officers, of course, can drink whatever the hell they like whenever. But Lord preserve the one who gets drunk.