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Gin Before Lunch and Corgis Galore — the Queen's Life Truly Is #Goals

Justina Huddleston is an editor and the head writer for TDmonthly Magazine. She has been a freelance writer for several years, though her real passion is cooking. You can see the recipes she creates on her vegan food blog, A Life of Litt...

Forget the jewelry — the best part of being queen is having a fancy cocktail before lunch each day

We just learned what the queen eats every day, and it's kind of mind-blowing. You might think the best part of being queen is the jewelry, the travel and getting to live in a castle. (And the corgis. So many corgis.) But after seeing her daily menu, I now realize that the best part of being the queen is the diet.

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First, she has a fancy cocktail every day before lunch. It's made with gin (probably Gordon's, which holds a royal warrant) and Dubonnet, a sweet wine, and then garnished with lemon and ice. It sounds really refreshing, and you've got to give props to a 90-year-old woman who can drink a cocktail before lunch and not spend the afternoon napping. I mean, I can barely function if I have a mimosa at brunch (though inhaling massive quantities of hash browns probably has something to do with that too).

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Next, at tea time, the queen is served a variety of treats, including something called jam pennies, which are the most adorably British thing I've ever heard of — little sandwiches filled will raspberry jam and cut into penny-size circles. They're basically little jam polka dots of happiness, and if I were queen, I would add them to my daily diet too.

The rest of the queen's meals seem normal enough: cereal and fruit for breakfast, grilled chicken or fish and vegetables for lunch and sustainably farmed beef, venison, pheasant or salmon for dinner. Sure, it's a little fancier than Lean Cuisine, but you've got to admire the relative simplicity of her meals — she's no Louis XIV.

Queen Elizabeth II might not be just like us, but she's definitely living her best life, and one that I think we can all aspire to. Gin before lunch? I'm just trying to be queenly, y'all.

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