There’s no doubt that the queen of England is a busy lady. From her royal engagements to official duties, her daily schedule is jam packed with royal to-dos. That said, there’s a lot of wonder about her personal life and how she manages to get to everything on her schedule at her age. And, while she’s managed to give up some of her royal duties, the queen still manages to tackle more in the first half of her day than most of us can in a week. Her secret? Sticking to a routine.
From how she keeps up with current events to the one thing she has to do every morning to why parliament considers her a binge drinker (page 8), we share how the queen spends the first half of her day, ahead.
1. She wakes up at 8:30 a.m.
The queen of England is keen to schedules, so it should come of no surprise that she wakes up at the same time every morning. To ensure she has enough time to get to everything on her calendar, she rises at around 8:30 a.m. every morning.
Next: Like us, the queen sets a second alarm clock. Only, she seems to enjoy the sound of her’s.
2. She is greeted by the sound of bagpipes at 9 a.m. sharp
Following her wake-up call, a piper plays the bagpipes on the terrace below her private quarters at Buckingham Palace. Talk about an official start to the day!
Next: Her and Oprah have this ritual in common.
3. She takes a bath before breakfast
One of the first things she does every morning? Take a bath. The queen often draws herself a nice, relaxing bath before breakfast.
Next: Her breakfast setup is not what you’d expect.
4. She eats breakfast alone in her apartment
After her bath, her staff sets out a nice breakfast spread in her apartment at Buckingham Palace and the queen eats alone. Her breakfast is always the same and includes a spread of yogurt, two different types of marmalade, oatmeal, and cereal.
Next: She rarely goes a day without eating this for breakfast.
5. She loves cornflakes
One thing she rarely goes without? Cornflakes. The queen is a big fan of the cereal and enjoys a bowl of it every morning.
Next: Her preferred morning tea is not English breakfast.
6. She sips on darjeeling tea
Contrary to what you may think, the queen doesn’t sip on English breakfast tea. Instead, she prefers the more fruity and floral aroma of darjeeling.
Next: She doesn’t eat breakfast on fine china. In fact, she doesn’t use dishes at all.
7. She eats out of Tupperware containers
One surprising aspect of the queen’s breakfast ritual? She doesn’t eat off dishes. Instead, she prefers to eat her cornflakes and oatmeal out of plastic Tupperware containers.
Next: By government standards, the queen is a binge drinker.
8. She drinks gin
In addition to sipping on darjeeling tea with breakfast, the queen often goes for a gin drink sometime before lunch. Her drink of choice? A gin and Dubonnet with a lemon wedge and lots of ice.
Next: This is how she keeps up with all of the countries she’s head of.
9. She reads the paper
In order to stay up to date with current events (and all the countries she has influence in), the queen likes to read the daily paper after breakfast.
Next: The queen receives 300 of these a day.
10. She replies to fan mail
Once she’s finished the paper, she tries to make a dent in some of the fan mail she receives. Although, with about 300 letters being mailed to Buckingham Palace daily, she doesn’t have time to get to all of them. Instead, she instructs her lady in waiting to finish this task, so she can go on with her day.
Next: She only gets a break from this duty on Christmas.
11. She opens up the red boxes
Following her mail, the queen receives her infamous “red boxes.” Full of important documents like telegrams, state papers, and Cabinet documents, the queen’s private secretaries are responsible for organizing the boxes and ensuring that she reads, approves, and signs each and every one of them.
Next: The queen is very busy before lunch.
12. She has 3 engagements before lunch
Between her fan mail and red boxes, we’re not sure how she has time to get to anything else before lunch, but miraculously, she does. Following her red box duties, the queen attends about three engagements before lunch time.
Next: She somehow finds time to do this before lunch, too.
13. She attends a few meetings
In addition to her engagements, she also has a few short, 20 minute meetings with important people, such as world leaders and members of parliament.
Next: Sometimes she skips her meetings for something a bit more rewarding.
14. She participates in award ceremonies
Even the queen can’t do it all. On days when she’s scheduled to appear at award ceremonies, she skips her 20-minute meetings.
Next: Carbs are not on her lunch menu.
15. She finally takes her lunch break at around 1 p.m.
Finally, at around 1 p.m., the queen breaks for a much deserved lunch. As for the menu, she eats fairly healthy and often fuels up on fish and vegetables before getting to the rest of her daily duties.
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