With thanks to The Mail Online 25.5.12

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.’

… 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?

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’…

… 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…

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… 

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