The Queen’s Royal Bodybuilding Program Involves an Unexpected Accessory

A little over a week into the new year, all those best-laid plans to change your festive lard may have already gone awry.

Well not for the Queen, who doesn’t need a New Year’s resolution to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle.

The Queen may not be known for pumping iron, and she’s never revealed her Vo2 Max, but if her mother is anything to go by – the Queen Mother lived to be 101 – Elizabeth knows how take care of herself.

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Her Majesty is well known for her love of horse riding, which can be very physically demanding.

The average jockey has very good cardiovascular fitness and a rock-hard core to stay balanced and strong during a demanding race.

Although she is 95, the Queen still enjoys riding, although in recent months she has had to give it up as she recovers from a hospital stay.

Unfortunately, the palace won’t reveal exactly what other sports the queen plays as it’s a ‘personal matter’, but we do know she enjoys taking walks in her park.

Unfortunately, her health scare last October also prevented her from taking her daily walks with her dog after doctors advised her to rest, sources told the Mail .

She has several Corgis that she loves to walk every day at her usual residence in Windsor.

According to her biographer Ingrid Seward, the Queen “is an avid follower of physical exercise”, she has always walked in addition to the occasional gallop or country sport.

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Although she has never been seen burning through a grueling series of Bulgarian squats, smashing raw eggs into her mouth and sometimes screaming ‘light baby’ the queen is said to have her own unique bodybuilding program that involves an unexpected accessory.

Queen Elizabeth II at her coronation at Westminster Abbey in June 1953

In preparation for her coronation in 1953, Her Royal Highness walked around the palace with the traditional but heavy St Edward’s crown so she could train her neck muscles for the big day.

The 2.5kg jewel-encrusted piece is said to be the equivalent of carrying two bags of sugar on your head.

She repeats the feat every year at the opening of Parliament, wearing an even heavier crown and a nearly 7kg velvet State dress, according to Charm .

Hats off to the Queen for still putting on the hard yards, many might have already opted for a more delicate helmet.

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