Tom Hanks left stunned after the Queen revealed her favourite cocktail

The Hollywood star was a guest on The One Show this week

Tom Hanks has shared details of his memorable meeting with the Queen back in 2011, admitting he prepared his questions in advance.

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Appearing on Monday's The One Show, the Hollywood star was quizzed about meeting Her Majesty at a special dinner held in honour of former US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle.

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"Big week for us in the UK as you'll probably know it's the Platinum Jubilee celebrations," host Emma Willis asked the Castaway actor. "Tom, I believe you have actually had dinner with the Queen?"

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"I was dressed up very nicely," remembered Tom. "The chit chat with the Queen is something you've got to get ready for. I knew I was going to be sat next to her and so I wanted to be able to talk about things that were of importance but not presumptuous.

"Then out of the corner of my eye, I just saw this white-gloved hand put between me and Her Majesty this glass of water. But it wasn't in a water glass."

Upon seeing the clear liquid, the American star "dared" to ask: "What is Your Majesty’s cocktail of choice?" To which, the royal replied: "Ooh, martini!"

Tom Hanks with the Queen in 2011

Tom, who is soon set to star in Baz Luhrmann's Elvis, then shared: "She had the one, that's what she nursed throughout the course of the night. I think, well, she's had a wonderful reign so maybe if I were to polish up my game a bit I'll start to drink martinis."

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It's no surprise that the monarch loves a martini. In the Channel 5 documentary, Inside Sandringham: Holidaying With The Queen, royal expert Ingrid Seward said: "I think the queen likes a Martini, other people would rather have Champagne."

The Queen is known to enjoy a tipple, particularly, the 'Zaza' cocktail – otherwise known as a Gin and Dubonnet. According to former royal chef Darren McGrady, who worked for the royal family for 15 years, the glamorous French aperitif is her absolute "favourite drink".

There is a sweet tradition behind her choice of tipple, since the drink is said to have been a favourite of the Queen Mother's, too.

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