Queen ‘lives an ordinary life on holiday’ says Burrell
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Whilst travelling abroad to conduct formal engagements, the Queen has a list of crucial items which must accompany her on any trips abroad. Both the Queen and her eldest son and heir, Prince Charles , travel with a personal supply of blood when visiting countries where a “reliable blood supply” is not guaranteed. They will also be accompanied by a Royal Navy doctor, as part of their entourage.
The List narrator Christine-Marie Liwag Dixon said: “According to Gordon Rayner of The Telegraph, the Queen’s 34-person entourage also includes a Royal Navy doctor.
“Ahead of a royal tour, he is tasked with scouting out nearby hospitals, just in case one ends up being needed while the Queen is travelling.
“As Rayner explained, ‘in countries where a reliable blood supply is questionable, the Queen and the Prince of Wales both travel with their own personal packs of blood following in their convoy wherever they go.'”
The Queen has never experienced a serious bout of illness whilst travelling abroad, although she was forced to miss a trip to Rome after being admitted to hospital in London in 2013 with a serious stomach bug.
The Queen travels with a Royal Navy doctor and a personal supply of blood (Image: GETTY)
Her Majesty had to wait for a black dress after King George VI died (Image: GETTY)
As well as carrying blood packs for any medical emergencies, the Queen reportedly carries a range of homoepathic medicines, including barley sugar, to help cure jet lag.
Whilst the Queen no longer carries out any long-distance engagements abroad, she has spent the majority of her life travelling across the Commonwealth and has visited 117 countries.
Shortly after becoming British monarch, she and Prince Philip embarked on a 6-month tour around the West Indies, Australasia, Asia, and Africa.
It has been reported that despite her location, the Queen always enjoys afternoon tea on her travels, and will regularly travel with scones and Dundee cake.
Queen taking a ‘prudent look at health’ says royal expert
Until recently, the Queen would also enjoy an alcoholic beverage before her dinner, and would maintain this lifestyle habit whilst travelling.
The 95-year-old monarch’s favourite drink is a gin and Dubonnet with a slice of lemon. Under the advice of her doctors, the Queen has recently given up drinking alcohol, in order to remain in top health ahead of her Platinum Jubilee next year.
One of the most important items brought on royal tours is the black dress, which is required for all members of the Royal Family.
Due to the unexpected nature of her father King George VI’s death in 1952, the Queen had not brought a mourning dress with her when she had travelled to Kenya with Prince Philip.
Queen Elizabeth II is the longest serving monarch in British history (Image: EXPRESS.CO.UK)
After returning to London, the Queen had to wait on the plane until a suitable black dress was brought onboard.
Since then, all members of the Royal Family are required to travel with a mourning outfit, in the case of a tragic emergency.
Her Majesty stopped travelling abroad following her visit to Malta in 2015, due to her old age and the pressures of consistently travelling and performing public duties.
Since then, younger members of the Royal Family have taken on the responsibility of carrying out engagements abroad.
In recent years, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have travelled to Pakistan, Ireland, Sweden and Norway on behalf of the Queen.
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