In fact, some of the things that the queen does can seem totally mind-boggling, especially when it comes to how she starts and stops her day. If you’re curious, read on below to get a glimpse into the daily life of Queen Elizabeth.
Queen Elizabeth listens to bagpipe music and radio in the morning
Queen Elizabeth wakes up at around 8:30 a.m. every day. The first thing she does to start her day is go out into the terrace of Buckingham Palace and listen to bagpipes played by a Scottish piper.
After that, she drinks some Darjeeling tea and listens to the radio. Her favorite station is BBC Radio 4, especially John Humphrys’ political show Today.
Queen Elizabeth always has someone check her bath water
The queen also prefers taking a bath over a shower. However, unlike regular people, she does not draw the bath water herself.
While she is drinking her tea, a maid will go into the bathroom and get the bath ready. According to the Daily Mail, everything also has to be precisely how Queen Elizabeth wants it. The water must be at the right temperature (a thermometer is used to check this) and there should only be seven inches of water in the tub.
Queen Elizabeth gets dressed in an unusual way
When it comes to picking her outfits for the day, the queen does not do what everyone else does either. Instead of wasting time sifting through her collection of clothes to find the perfect outfit, she has people do it for her.
Paul Burrell, who used to be a footman for Queen Elizabeth, revealed that she has all her clothes on the top floor and her dressers will find out what we wants to wear before bringing the pieces of clothing down for her.
“Her dresser will bring down two outfits in the morning, which are sketched with pieces of material clipped to them so that the Queen can remember whether it’s silk or cotton or wool,” Burrell shared. “The one the Queen picks is the one which is brought downstairs from up above so she doesn’t actually see her wardrobe with clothes in it.”
Queen Elizabeth works in Buckingham Palace throughout the day
Queen Elizabeth’s job often involves attending events and meeting different people. However, in between all of that, she usually can be found working at home in Buckingham Palace.
She spends time catching up on news as well as signing various documents and papers. Unlike many 21st-century folks, though, Queen Elizabeth’s signature will appear with ink from fountain pens instead of ballpoint ones.
At night Queen Elizabeth writes in her diary before going to bed
After much of her day is over, Queen Elizabeth winds down by writing in her diary. This is something she has been doing since she was a teenager after watching her father keep a journal. Queen Elizabeth’s daily writing habit is a serious one for her and she reportedly has never skipped out on it ever.
But don’t get too excited thinking that the queen will one day publish the diary to share her private thoughts. This diary of hers has never been read by anyone except Prince Philip and she keeps it closely guarded.
“She uses a pad of blotting paper after completing her entry and each morning one of the first duties of her personal Page is to destroy the blotting paper, so nobody can ever be tempted to try and read a reverse impression of what she has written,” a source from the palace shared.
Queen Elizabeth takes the diary with her everywhere and it is often kept locked inside a black leather box. “There are only two keys,” the source continued. “The spare one is kept strictly as an emergency back-up by her private secretary.”
However, the queen does not spend too much time on the diary before feeling sleepy. Sir Michael Palin, who once had a conversation with Queen Elizabeth about the diary, said that the writing task “always made her a bit woolly.”