Queen Elizabeth II - The Keys to Her Longevity

Queen Elizabeth II – The Keys to Her Longevity

Great Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, passed away on Sept. 8, 2022. She was 96. Although she was among the world’s wealthiest women, the Queen led a relatively low-key life. Her famously modest lifestyle may have contributed to her longevity. The Queen was still horse riding at 94!

The Queen had been in good health for many years, with only three brief hospital visits in the last two decades. That began to change after the passing of her husband of 73 years, Prince Philip, on April 9, 2021, less than 2 weeks before her 95th birthday.

Queen Elizabeth contracted COVID-19 in late February, which she said left “one very tired and exhausted”.

Even though the Queen never commented publicly on her diet, exercise, sleeping habits or other aspects of her day-to-day life, it appears she maintained a naturally health-boosting routine.

The Queen’s diet was notably unfussy. According to reports, she started her mornings with Earl Grey tea, after which breakfast might include a bowl of cereal or yogurt, and often toast with marmalade. Unless she was eating at a formal function, lunch and dinner both featured simply cooked protein — grilled chicken or fish with salad for lunch, and game (like venison or pheasant) or more fish for dinner, without any starch. “That’s it. That’s all she has,” former Royal Chef Darren McGrady told CNN in 2017. “She’s very disciplined like that. She could have anything she wanted, but it is that discipline that keeps her so well and so healthy.”

She started her mornings with Earl Grey tea, after which breakfast might include a bowl of cereal or yogurt, and often toast with marmalade. Unless she was eating at a formal function, lunch and dinner both featured simply cooked protein — grilled chicken or fish with salad for lunch, and game (like venison or pheasant) or more fish for dinner, without any starch.

That’s it. That’s all she has. She’s very disciplined like that. She could have anything she wanted, but it is that discipline that keeps her so well and so healthy.

Former Royal Chef Darren McGrady told CNN in 2017

But the Queen did appreciate regular, small indulgences: Between lunch and dinner, she would enjoy afternoon tea with finger sandwiches and cake, and she was known to drink alcohol regularly, too.

Queen Elizabeth didn’t follow a specific exercise routine. Instead, she included physical activity in her everyday life, mostly walking with her beloved corgis or riding horses on royal lands. Routinely getting enough sleep contributed to her good health, too. She tried to be in bed by 11 p.m. and woke at 7:30 a.m.

“Mental habits and unique ways of thinking — about food or exercise or work or rest — make her the down-to-earth woman she is today,” Bryan Kozlowski, author of “Long Live the Queen! 23 Rules for Living From Britain’s Longest-Reigning Monarch,” told Good Housekeeping in 2020. “Which, in turn, makes her lifestyle ‘secrets’ a surprisingly easy (and free!) joy to follow in everyday life.”

Mental habits and unique ways of thinking — about food or exercise or work or rest — made her the down-to-earth woman she is today which, in turn, makes her lifestyle ‘secrets’ a surprisingly easy (and free!) joy to follow in everyday life.

Bryan Kozlowski, author of “Long Live the Queen! 23 Rules for Living From Britain’s Longest-Reigning Monarch,” told Good Housekeeping in 2020.

Kozlowski named several other factors that helped the Queen stay physically and mentally healthy well into her nineties:

  • Staying engaged. The queen made dozens of public appearances each year, and every day she spent hours reading through a large red box of paperwork related to affairs of state.
  • Giving back. From the time she ascended the throne, Elizabeth was famous for her sense of purpose. She supported numerous charities and sought to live by example.
  • Making time to recharge. As the head of the British monarchy, Elizabeth often had a lot on her shoulders, but she prioritized spending time in nature, with regular visits to her country estates. Even her afternoon tea provided a daily respite from stress.

One other possible factor: Having lost her father, uncle, grandfather, great-grandfather, and eventually her sister to smoking-related illnesses, the Queen reportedly never smoked a cigarette in her life.

Queen Elizabeth is survived by her son, Charles; her other children, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. R.I.P.

Based on the WebMD article: Queen Elizabeth, Longest-Serving Monarch, Dies at 96

Queen Elizabeth II - The Keys to Her Longevity
Queen Elizabeth II - The Keys to Her Longevity
Queen Elizabeth II - The Keys to Her Longevity
Queen Elizabeth II - The Keys to Her Longevity
Queen Elizabeth II - The Keys to Her Longevity
Queen Elizabeth II - The Keys to Her Longevity

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