The longest reigning monarch
Living to be nearly a century is no small feat…yet Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, or Queen Elizabeth II, added that milestone to her very long list of impressive accomplishments. Queen Elizabeth was born April 21, 1926 and died September 8, 2022, making her 96 years and four months old. For context, a woman born in 1926 has just a 3.2 per cent chance of making it to the century mark.
Not only did Queen Elizabeth live long – making her the longest-reigning monarch in English history – but she was remarkably healthy, too. After her husband Prince Philip, died at age 99 in 2021, the Queen herself experienced a series of health scares, including a bout of Covid-19. However, she was well enough to officially appoint Liz Truss as the newly elected Prime Minister just two days before she passed.
How did Queen Elizabeth live so long? Good genetics and chance likely played their roles, but a lot of the credit goes to her healthy lifestyle. Queen Elizabeth had some famously great health habits. Ready to take notes? Following her lead probably won’t make you a monarch, but it will definitely make you happier and healthier.
1. Eating breakfast
Queen Elizabeth’s breakfast was a routine priority, with breakfast served at 8.30am sharp. Eating a healthy breakfast has been linked with a longer life, perhaps due to breakfast-eaters having a lower risk of heart disease and diabetes.
Queen Elizabeth’s daily pick? Reportedly tea with biscuits, followed by a bowl of what was said to be the Queen’s favourite cereal: Special K.
2. Having a pet
Elizabeth was famously devoted to her band of adorable dogs, especially her corgis. Research has found that owning pets can boost your health by lowering blood pressure, reducing stress, lowering health care costs (pet owners visit the doctor less frequently than those who don’t have an animal), fighting depression, and reducing your risk of obesity, cancer and diabetes. Time for a walk!