Despite her long reign, Queen Elizabeth has remained very private. Little is known about the monarch who never falters in her grace. But a few things we do know, thanks to her staff, and now you too can get a peek inside the life of the most famous queen in the world.
For starters, the Queen does have an alarm clock that wakes her up in the morning. But in her case, she can’t push a snooze button or smash it up into a million pieces. This is because her alarm clock are bag pipers who play outside, below her Buckingham Palace apartment to wake her up.
Her routine is pretty standard and for a queen, very normal. She listens to BBC Radio 4, much like any other 80-year-old does. She also sips on Twinnings English breakfast tea with milk and no sugar, much life 75 percent of Brits out there.
The queen then takes a bath which is drawn for her. This woman has never had to fill her own bath. She then has Cornflakes or Special K with fruit — fresh or dry. She has breakfast alone or with her husband Philip. Together they catch up on the news.
The Queen will then read some fan mail. For a few lucky fans, the Queen will answer the letters herself. For the others, she will give her ladies-in-waiting (yep, they still exist) instructions on how to answer them.
The Queen will then move to more serious stuff. She will go through official documents that require her attention. These documents are delivered in a red box which looks nothing like that box file you bought for a dollar.
Once the morning routine is over, the Queen, together with her husband, will head out to attend official visits. The Queen and her husband are known for never failing to make a presence. The two “can squeeze up to three of these outside engagements in before lunch.”
Thursdays and Fridays are a little busier for the Queen. At about 11 in the morning, she goes back to the palace to attend meetings with ambassadors, heads of state, and even senior staff members. These meetings are usually short, taking up no longer than 20 minutes.
Lunch is a low-key event for the Queen unless she’s attending a special event. She usually has her lunch at around one in the afternoon. The Queen prefers a low-card lunch, usually involving “a simple fish-and-veggie dish.”
In the afternoon, the Queen will have more royal engagements she will need to attend. The Queen has always been adamant about completing her 100 official visits every year. So “everything is meticulously scheduled” for her to reach this goal. Even her relatives have to “request a time in her schedule” to see her.
At four in the afternoon, the Queen has her tea, much like most Brits out there. She will have Earl Grey tea with scones, cakes and canapés. During this time, she will also try and spend some time with her dogs.
If there’s a banquet, dinner will be more lavish. However, if the Queen has no other engagements, then she enjoys “a modest meal of game or fish taken from the royal stocks.” The meal will also have fresh veggies which are often from her son’s garden. Prince Charles is “an avid gardener.”
Clearly, the Queen’s life isn’t that much different from the rest us. Well, except for the heirlooms and the servants, the meetings with monarchs and ambassadors. There’s also the fact that she never ran a bath for herself, never washed the floor, never cleaned a bathroom…I can go on really…