“I tried the Queen’s elaborate morning routine – with a very specific bathing request”

From scrambled eggs and smoked salmon to 12-pound chocolate chip cookies, I was enjoying my laid-back morning life like the Queen — until I stopped the clock and realized I was starting work very, very late

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I smiled everyone until I looked at the clock

Have you ever wondered how it feels to wake up and be the queen?

According to royal sources, Her Majesty enjoys expensive chocolate chip cookies, a peaceful bath and what most workers would mistake for a rest.

It all sounds pretty boujee to me, so I decided to try and live like royalty for tomorrow.

Okay, I had no maids, royal cooks or corgis and I couldn’t for my life find a grated truffle at Lidl.

But a fancy mushroom wouldn’t stop me from repeating Her Majesty’s morning ritual and making the most of it.

7.30 a.m. – Cup before breakfast







I started the day with tea and biscuits
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Chocolate Olivers were very disappointing
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No matter where she is, the Queen is woken up at the same time and in the same way every day.

At 7.30am the Queen’s personal maid knocks softly on the door, enters and then places a tray with a silver pot of Twinings Earl Gray tea and milk by her bedside.

She has two of her favorite dark chocolate cookies, Chocolate Olivers, next to her china cup and saucer.

I sourced the best matching teacup I could find and managed to snag a tin of the fancy biscuits – which cost me a ridiculous £12 on Amazon (yikes!)

I raised my eyebrows even higher at the price tag as I took a bite and realized how bitter it was.

Then I sat back and relaxed listening to BBC Radio Four’s Today programme, which – according to Brian Hoey, author of At home with the Queen – is Her Majesty’s ground show.

8:00 am – Soak in the tub







It turns out the queen is fussy about washing
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My bath water was exactly seven inches
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While the queen drinks her first cup of tea, her maid begins her morning bath.

For me, the tricky part wasn’t running my own water, but measuring it to exactly seven inches – as royal staff have confirmed, Her Majesty doesn’t like her bath any deeper.

She also has a penchant for temperature and has it tested with a wooden thermometer.

I didn’t have to check but it’s safe to say my bath would have been too hot for Liz.

Next, let a dresser lay out the queen’s outfit for the day.

Unfortunately, I don’t have a fashion expert to choose my clothes, so I rummaged through my closet myself – but to feel the part, I put my outfit in a pile before dressing.

8.30 am Breakfast is served







I traded in a royal dress for my usual sweatshirt
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One important ingredient was missing from breakfast
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With a team of world-class chefs on hand, Her Majesty could eat just about anything she likes for breakfast.

That’s why it’s so surprising to hear that she often opts for a plastic bowl of Special K or Wilkins and Sons jam on toast.

On special occasions, however, Her Highness opts for something far more elaborate and has scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and grated truffle.

Since I was only going to live like the queen for one morning, I decided to go wild and boil myself eggs without the truffle (obviously).

And I have to say it was a huge improvement over my regular peanut butter bagel.

9.30am – Let the bagpipes play







I couldn’t spot any bagpipes playing outside
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My disappointing staff shortage then meant I had to do the dishes, which dampened my royal mood a bit.

But next it was time for the pièce de résistance – the sweet sound of bagpipes.

Apparently, the Queen spends every weekday morning listening to her kilt piper out the window.

As you can imagine, there aren’t many bagpipers wandering the streets of Bristol – although I double-checked.







It cost quite a bit of money to live like the Queen
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So I had to settle for a quick YouTube video, which I guess was entertaining, but I’m not sure my neighbors would agree.

At this point, the Queen goes on with her day sorting through her ‘fan mail’ and important letters from the sovereign – neither of which I had – so I ended up reporting for work… 90 minutes late.

And that’s when I realized that I definitely couldn’t live like the Queen every day.

Not surprisingly, a bath, a hot breakfast, and a moment’s rest were far from my realistic morning routine.

It’s safe to say now that I’ll never buy Chocolate Olivers again, and you’ll never catch me measuring my bath water – but I know what it’s like to wake up king (sort of).

Find out everything you need to know about the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee here.

Do you have an unusual morning ritual to share? Email us at nia.dalton@reachplc.com

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