Queen Elizabeth prefers homeopathic medicine, even for her dogs

All weather: During her 60-year reign, the Queen has perfected the art of staying healthy, looking faultless and keeping cool under pressure

A light article from Mailonline telling Queen Elizabeth’s secrets, which we could learn a thing or two about. Of course the reason that I am posting the link to the article is because it does reference royalties’ use of homeopathy.

Happy reading.

So why does the Queen never sneeze in public? Mail has a light-heated look at Her Majesty’s little secrets


PUBLISHED: 00:54 GMT, 25 May 2012 | UPDATED: 07:04 GMT, 25 May 2012

Have you ever noticed that the Queen never sneezes in public? Or how she appears never to be suffering from a head cold?

Also, why is it that when she steps out of an airplane or helicopter, the fierce gusts of wind never blow her hair all over the place?

And how does she manage to keep us from catching a glimpse of regal knee when she get out of a car or horse-drawn carriage?


All weather: During her 60-year reign, the Queen has perfected the art of staying healthy, looking faultless and keeping cool under pressure

The answer to the last question is easy — but it’s not the one you might suspect.

There’s a common misconception that the Queen has tiny lead weights sewn into her hems.

But Her Majesty doesn’t need this old-fashioned trick to preserve her modesty.

All of her dresses and suits have underskirts made with a tighter circumference than normal, so there is no chance of them lifting above knee-height.

During her 60-year reign, the Queen has visited more than 100 countries and, along the way, has perfected the art of staying healthy, looking faultless and keeping cool under pressure.

The old adage that ‘horses sweat, gentlemen perspire and ladies glow’ seems to have been designed with her in mind.

No matter how hot and humid the temperature, no one has ever seen the slightest droplet of perspiration on her brow or upper lip. In fact, she doesn’t even ‘glow’.

Now, an explanation has emerged as to why. According to royal dress designer Stewart Parvin, Her Majesty is generally a ‘cold person’ — in terms of body temperature.

He explained that the coolness of her skin prevents any overt glowing and keeps her clothes perfectly pressed, too.

So what are the other secrets about the Queen’s wardrobe, make-up, diet and medicine cabinet?


To stop her feeling uncomfortable or getting too warm when she is on official business, the Queen insists on loose clothing. All of her clothes are made of natural fibres: 100 per cent pure cotton or wool, no linen (it creases too easily) and certainly no polyester.

Angela Kelly, her personal assistant and curator of the royal wardrobe, ensures that a duplicate for every outfit is close to hand so that if something is spilled on her clothes or there is any other mishap, Her Majesty can discreetly change into a new set without anyone knowing.

No item of the Queen’s wardrobe is sent to a dry cleaner — all clothes are hand-washed, steamed and pressed by one of her three dressers to avoid any unpleasant chemical smells.

As for cosmetics, Angela Kelly uses a special, secret formula for the Queen’s foundation, which prevents too much shine on her face.

Garden party:Queen Elizabeth II visits a garden at the Chelsea Flower Show


Another secret contributor to the Queen’s flawless appearance is the gel that keeps her hair firmly in place (even in gale-force winds) and is known mischievously among royal staff as ‘liquid concrete’.

Her Majesty’s hairdresser also keeps a couple of huge hat-pins handy.

Incidentally, you will never see Her Majesty removing her headgear in public; she always waits until she is safely back indoors.


The Queen’s immaculate appearance relies on a loyal team. Before any long, overseas tour (such as the one last year to Australia), her private secretary, lady-in-waiting, press secretary and police officer carry out a recce visit many months in advance to plan the programme and iron out any potential difficulties.

On their list of things to check will be the likely weather and what sort of food will be offered.

Every proposed menu is then given to the Queen for her personal approval.

Her staff ensure that nothing she eats or drinks is likely to raise her body temperature.

Local delicacies are not encouraged in case of stomach upsets. Neither is shellfish — crab, lobster, cockles, mussels and oysters are all no-nos.

But even with meticulous planning, things occasionally go wrong. During her first tour of Belize in 1985, she was offered a local speciality called a gibnut.

She was a bit apprehensive, but eventually took a bite or two — not realising she was eating a giant rat.

A year later, during her landmark visit to China, Her Majesty found she was expected to eat with chopsticks, a talent she hadn’t mastered. She was angry she hadn’t been warned.

But she did not object to sitting on the floor and eating with her hands when she joined King Hassan of Morocco in a traditional feast during a state visit.

Quick fix: As for never sneezing, if the Queen has an outdoor engagement she takes a pre-emptive hay-fever antidote
The truth is that the Queen prefers simple dishes. Though she has awarded a Royal Warrant to a British company that makes Indian curry powder and chutney, chicken vindaloo and lamb madras are not personal favourites.

When she is travelling, Her Majesty is never without several cases of Malvern water — always still, never sparkling. She is said to suffer withdrawal symptoms when deprived of her bottle of Malvern.

Then there’s a plentiful supply of Earl Grey tea, Her Majesty’s favourite, made specially for her by Twinings.

She favours a blend of China and Darjeeling, ‘delicately scented with oil of bergamot’, taken with her own sweetener, which she carries herself.

Coffee is supplied by the Savoy Hotel coffee department and is much favoured by the Duke of Edinburgh.


For her extended foreign tours, the Queen’s luggage can weigh more than four tons — and that includes 60 vials of homeopathic medicines, carried in a special leather case, without which she won’t travel anywhere.

She is a firm believer in alternative remedies, preferring them to conventional medicine.

She has even been known to treat one of her corgis homeopathically after the animal cut its foot.

She bathed the wound in a special ointment and the injured paw was healed within days. When she was asked why she used the treatment, she replied: ‘If it’s good enough for me, it should be good enough for my dogs.’

Packets of vitamins, cold cures and treatments for every sort of ailment — from Montezuma’s Revenge to arthritis of the knees — are all packed.

There’s even a special little electro-magnetic gadget for massaging the aching shoulders or wrists of the woman who was once said to ‘shake hands for a living’.

As for never sneezing: if the Queen has an outdoor engagement and is likely to be troubled by pollen, she takes a pre-emptive hay-fever antidote.

Curtsey: British actress Joan Collins (R) curtsies as she meets Queen Elizabeth II and Kate o’Mara looks on


though she carries her own handbag (which contains just a handkerchief, lipstick, a tiny mirror and a copy of the day’s programme), one of her ladies-in-waiting always has what is known as the ‘Brown Bag’.

This holds all the essentials she might need in an emergency: spare pairs of tights, gloves, those sweeteners and a moist, lavender-scented cloth in case of extreme heat.

One item the Queen does not pack is her own lavatory seat — unlike Prince Charles, who it is said takes a white leather one on every official trip.

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