What Queen Elizabeth's Daily Routine Is Like In Lockdown

Queen Elizabeth has been busy for most of her life. The royal ascended to the British throne in 1952 when she was just 25, and her decades-long reign is the longest in her nation's history (via BBC). Now in her 90s, the queen has shown no hint of slowing down, although the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting lockdowns have changed up her schedule a bit.

"In her twilight years, I'm sure it is quite lovely not to have the pressure," a source told People revealing that, while Queen Elizabeth is still working hard, she has fewer events on her plate as of late. In October, the royal family issued a statement canceling all "large scale events... at Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle for the rest of 2020," and just last month Queen Elizabeth canceled all of the garden parties that had been planned for 2021.

All of this means that Queen Elizabeth has had some free time lately, and she's making the most of it.

Queen Elizabeth is staying busy in lockdown

With the U.K. under lockdown, the monarch is even sleeping in a bit these days, although she is still making sure to stay up-to-date as a world leader should. The source told People that she wakes to BBC's Today each morning, kicking off her day with the latest headlines before reviewing updates and paperwork from the government which, per PopSugar, are delivered to her daily in a red box. She also still attends some meetings, although these are conducted as video calls rather than in-person.

As the reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth is also the head of the Church of England (via Royal.uk). Her faith is important to her and she attends weekly religious services.

An avid lover of animals, Queen Elizabeth is also spending plenty of time in lockdown with her dog, Candy, and can frequently be spotted on horseback. "She goes into a peaceful mode when she is with horses," said her friend, horse expert Monty Roberts.