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Queen forced to give up extravagant bedtime routine on ‘doctor’s orders’

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Every night before bed the Queen used to enjoy a refreshing flute of champagne, but since October last year she has been advised to cut out the alcohol. A source told Vanity Fair: “Her doctors want to make sure she is as fit and healthy as possible.”

Her Majesty’s health has been under more scrutiny lately as she prepares to celebrate her 96th birthday in April, with no plans to abdicate anytime soon.

Before giving up the booze she also enjoyed a glass of Dubonnet and gin, the favourite drink of the Queen Mother.

Champagne wasn’t the only drink that formed part of the Queen’s strict daily routine, but fortunately this is one she won’t have to give up.

Every morning at 7:30am she is woken by a maid bringing her Earl Grey tea in a silver pot, which Her Majesty enjoys while listening to Radio 4.

Next on the agenda is her bath, however running a bath for the Queen is not as simple as it sounds.

The temperature of the bath must be tested with a thermometer to ensure it is exactly right, and it must not be more than seven inches deep.

Once she is washed the Queen is dressed by her stylist and has her hair perfectly styled too.

Breakfast at 8:30am is a less regimented affair, as former royal chef Darren McGrady revealed she has a few different options.

On the posher end of the scale is scrambled brown eggs with smoked salmon and truffle shavings.

But sometimes she enjoys breakfast items that wouldn’t look out of place on an ordinary family breakfast table.

She may have marmalade on toast, or even a bowl of her favourite cereal Special K.

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This year is a big year for the Queen, as she marks her Platinum Jubilee with events planned throughout the summer to celebrate.

Last Sunday February 6 officially marked 70 years since her father George VI passed away and she became Queen.

The past year hasn’t been without its trials though, as she lost her beloved husband of 73 years the Duke of Edinburgh last April.

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