The Queen: All in a day’s work

3 March 2015 - 08:09pm
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The only match for Her Majesty’s busy schedule is that of The Duke of Edinburgh. Although the major Royals have stepped in and have taken on more engagements and travel, there seems to be no sign of retirement for Her Majesty.

“There doesn’t seem to be any sign of her cutting back at present,” Author Sarah Bradford writes in Queen Elizabeth II-Her Life in Our Times. The Queen believes in the oath she took over six decades ago. Bradford wrote, “But the thing is, she’s the Queen, she does what she wants to do.” One does not foresee too much of a change in her daily schedule.

Many would believe the summers at Balmoral and the winter holiday at Sandringham are cause for Her Majesty to relax and leave the royal engagements and duties to others. Although, not as intense as the rest of the year, Her Majesty does still have duties and events to attend.

The Queen is briefed daily on the goings on at Parliament as well as other pertinent issues of importance. She does have a limited handful of days where nothing is scheduled, and therefore she may relax.

So what is it like to be Her Majesty for a day? Let’s take a look at her schedule from morning until evening.


Her Majesty eats breakfast by herself at 9am – The Duke of Edinburgh is an early riser and eats at 8:30 am.

After breakfast, Her Majesty briefly reads the morning’s newspapers before starting to read her correspondence. “Everyday 200-300 (and sometimes maybe more) letters from the public arrive. The Queen chooses a selection to read herself and tells members of the staff how she would like them to respond,” according to the Official Website of the British Monarchy.

After going through the correspondence, Her Majesty will meet with two of her private secretaries to review the official papers. Official Papers may be State Papers, documents from Parliament, Policy Papers, and other items that require Her Majesty to view. The infamous red boxes contain the documents for Her Majesty to read and, sometimes, approve and sign.

Further into the Queen’s morning, she may have an audience with, for example, Ambassadors, Bishops, Clergy or senior members of the Commonwealth’s Armed Forces. The Queen at this time might also meet with individuals who have won awards or commendations in various fields ranging from the arts to sciences. Her Majesty also presents these individuals with their awards during this audience. An audience with The Queen usually lasts no more than 20 minutes.

On days of an Investiture, the ceremony begins promptly at 11 a.m. and lasts about an hour or so. The Investiture is when the Queen presents medals, decorations and orders. “The Queen usually meets around 100 people at each Investiture,” according to the Official Website of the British Monarchy.

Lunch is usually private. Upon certain occasions, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will hold a luncheon for a dozen or so guests that are informal. If they will have lunch “with a wide variety of people in places ranging from town halls to hospitals,” according to the Official Website of the British Monarchy.



Her Majesty’s afternoons are filled with attending public engagements. Much behind-the-scenes work goes into scheduling such visits. The Queen is keen on reading up on the background of the people she will be meeting as well as what she will see and take part in on her visits. The Royal engagements are all chosen by The Queen from an immense number of requests she receives each year. “The Queen carries out around 430 engagements (including audiences) a year, to meet people, open events and buildings, unveil plaques and make speeches,” according to the Official Website of the British Monarchy.

On certain instances, The Queen (sometimes with The Duke of Edinburgh) will travel to a city or region, spending the entire day there. Engagements that take place outside of London require the use of a helicopter. If the trip is more than a day or perhaps proves to be rather hectic, The Queen will travel on the Royal Train.

One may think after a busy morning and afternoon, The Queen has the evening to herself. Not so. Her Majesty’s day is not over post afternoon engagements.


The Queen conducts a weekly audience with the Prime Minister when both are in London. This audience occurs at Buckingham Palace on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. and is private. No one knows what transpires behind closed doors, and it has been this way since The Queen began meeting with her first Prime Minster, Winston Churchill.

Around 7:30 p.m. each weekday, The Queen will receive a daily narrative of the proceedings of Parliament. Her Majesty reads through the report every evening without fail.

There are some evenings The Queen may attend a concert or reception for one of her hundreds of charities or patronages. The evening also is the time when The Queen and members of the Royal Family hold official receptions at Buckingham Palace such as state dinners. Receptions are not limited to Buckingham Palace though. The Queen does host official engagements at Windsor Castle and The Palace of Holyroodhouse as well.

Although The Queen’s schedule is filled with engagements, she still does find some time to enjoy her passion – horses. An ardent owner and breeder of racehorses, Her Majesty attends the Royal Ascot Race and The Epsom Derby in June. Her Majesty attends other races if the schedule allows.

On her 21st birthday broadcast, she stated: “I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great Imperial family to which we all belong… God help me to make good my vow and God bless all of you who are willing to share it.” She has not stopped to focus on anything besides her duty to crown and country.

There is a quote from Harry Mount in the 13 March 2013 edition of The Telegraph that sums Her Majesty’s day the best:

“Our Queen is the most dutiful monarch in 1,000 years. Late tonight if you stroll down the Mall, think about the Queen, whose light is often the last to go out at Buckingham Palace as she finishes off her red boxes. Surely she should be allowed an earlier bedtime.” Indeed!

Featured Photo Credit: Lancashire Evening Post via photopin cc

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  • Mark Kilby

    On her 21st birthday, the Queen referred to our great Imperial Family, not country!

  • Lacey Waters

    She is a busy Queen . I have a most respect for her a good women. May she reigne for many more years.

  • 小蜜蜂

    QUEEN, 服飾很鮮豔.很漂亮。很高貴,

  • A Jesuit

    A baby duck is born. The first sighting is Her Majesty HRH Queen Elizabeth II… from then on the mental imprint is one of kindred spirits…. This is what The Queen means to me and to many who honor Her Majesty and The Realm; The Domain of Her Majesty. How lucky you are to have a Queen. How beautiful the customs, the traditions the courtesy, the pageantry, the role of high honored leaders for The World and for The Commonwealth of Nations. Servio

  • A Jesuit

    The American Navy Aegis Destroyer DDG BARRY was once commanded by Admiral Stavirdis; a son of a Greek Family… it was the modern Arleigh Berke Class Destroyer… nicknamed BATTENBURG BARRY… God Bless

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