The Queen uses homeopathy, as reported in today’s Daily Mail by correspondent Brian Hoey:
“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.’
Packets of vitamins, cold cures and treatments for every sort of ailment — from Montezuma’s Revenge to arthritis of the knees — are all packed.
There’s even a special little electro-magnetic gadget for massaging the aching shoulders or wrists of the woman who was once said to ‘shake hands for a living’.
As for never sneezing: if the Queen has an outdoor engagement and is likely to be troubled by pollen, she takes a pre-emptive hay-fever antidote.
SO WHAT IS IN THAT HANDBAG?
though she carries her own handbag (which contains just a handkerchief, lipstick, a tiny mirror and a copy of the day’s programme), one of her ladies-in-waiting always has what is known as the ‘Brown Bag’.
This holds all the essentials she might need in an emergency: spare pairs of tights, gloves, those sweeteners and a moist, lavender-scented cloth in case of extreme heat.”
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