10 Habits That Helped Queen Elizabeth II Live 96 Years. You Can Do It Too!

There is no need to be King or Queen to live a long, healthy life. What's necessary instead is to have healthy habits, as Queen Elizabeth II for example had.

The late Queen Elizabeth had a long life - 96 years - and her daily habits contributed to this. And we are not talking about extravagant, expensive habits but about things that can be easily adopted by anyone, regardless of social or economic status.

Queen Elizabeth II was born on April 21, 1926, and died on September 8, 2022, aged 96 years and four months.

According to "The Healthy", a woman born in 1926 would have only had a 3.2% chance of reaching this age. Genetic inheritance, but also some habits helped the much-respected British sovereign to reach this age.

Here are 10 things that may have something to do with the queen's longevity! Let us share these royal "tips"  with you.

10 Habits That Helped Queen Elizabeth Live Long

1. Breakfast

For Queen Elizabeth II, breakfast was a routine priority, with breakfast served at 8:30 a.m. sharp. She preferred cereals and tea.

According to chef Darren McGrady, who worked at Buckingham Palace for more than 15 years, Queen Elizabeth also sometimes ate omelets with smoked salmon.

According to some studies, breakfast is associated with a longer life, by decreasing the risk of heart disease and diabetes.

2. Riding

Horses and riding have been part of Queen Elizabeth II's life since childhood. It seems that this habit helped the queen to keep in shape.

The movement may have helped the queen to maintain her brain health as well, protecting her from diseases such as Alzheimer's.

3. Having Pets

The Queen was a great lover of animals; people around the world all knew about her passion for Corgi dogs.

Research has found that owning pets can boost health by lowering blood pressure, reducing stress, and even depression. Also, people with a pet may be less likely to develop type 2 diabetes.

A dog, for example, means more exercise, implicitly a lower risk of obesity, which favors the appearance of cancer and diabetes type 2.

4. Snacks In Small Portions

Queen Elizabeth loved to serve jam sandwiches. These treats, known as "jam pennies" were served every day and they were simply jam spread on buttered white bread and cut into crustless circles.

Although not considered a healthy snack, the Queen used to indulge in small, coin-sized portions. Nutrition experts say that the key to a healthy lifestyle isn’t forbidding all treats, but instead eating them in small portions like Queen Elizabeth.

5. Healthy Habits For A Long Life - Drinking Tea

Queen Elizabeth II adored tea, which she consumed at breakfast and in the afternoon. Like many of the British, she took her tea without sugar but didn’t mind a little milk.

Daily consumption of tea is associated with the prevention of chronic diseases and helps the repair of body cells.

The Queen preferred black and green tea, which have numerous health benefits, through their antioxidant content supports organ health and prevents chronic diseases.

Tea also boosts the immune system and reduces the risk of infection which are two benefits definitely linked to a longer life.

5. Marriage

Queen Elizabeth II had a 70-year-long marriage. Though Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth may have had - like all couples do - their ups and down,  they appeared to be close and affectionate. Studies have shown that married people can have better health.

7. Social Relations

Queen Elizabeth II was surrounded by many people, family, and friends who were there for her when she needed them which may be considered a life-improving factor.

Research has shown that loneliness and isolation may reduce lifespan as much as smoking cigarettes while having a strong social circle adds years to your life.

8. Laughter - A Habit For A Long Healthy Live

The Queen had a good sense of humor and was often seen with a smile on her face. Her Majesty's close friends and acquaintances have shared many stories about her enjoyment of a good joke.

For instance, when a tourist told her that she "looked a lot like the Queen" she retorted "Well, that’s reassuring!"

Laughter is the cheapest medicine, being beneficial for both body and mind. Laughter reduces stress, improves social relationships, and can increase longevity.

9. Nature Walks - A Very Healthy Habit

Gardening and walking outdoors were two of Queen Elizabeth’s favorite hobbies. People who spend a lot of time in nature may have better health.

According to researchers simply being in nature, lowers stress hormones, slows your heart rate, reduces blood pressure, and increases feelings of safety and well-being.

10. The Best Habit Ever - To Have A Purpose In Life

It is no secret that Queen Elizabeth II dedicated her life to the service of the people and the states of the Commonwealth. She was famous for her "walkabouts"—tours where she connected with people all over the world. These passions likely played a part in her longevity

"I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong," Elizabeth II declared in 1947, in a radio broadcast addressed to the nation on her birthday 21 years old.

And her "whole" life was with a purpose, long and prosper. We wish you the same!

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