The Queen pursued many interesting activities to keep herself fit and active during the Coronavirus lockdown.
As the world continues to grapple with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, individuals from all walks of life have had to adapt to new routines and find ways to stay active while staying at home. Even the British royal family has had to adjust to the challenges posed by the pandemic. The future Queen, Camilla, has recently revealed a surprising way she is keeping fit during the lockdown.
The Queen reveals her fitness routine
According to The Mirror, Camilla has been keeping fit by taking Silver Swans classes and practising ballet. In a video call with former Strictly Come Dancing judge Dame Darcey Bussell and broadcaster Angela Rippon, Camilla told how she started weekly Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Silver Swans classes with a group of friends around 18 months ago. The ballet sessions are designed for older learners to improve mobility, posture, coordination and energy levels, reports Hello!
The Queen is also the new vice-patron of RAD, according to The Daily Express. She said:
'I thought it was going to be very funny, and I was going to laugh at everybody toppling over next door to me, but I think we concentrate so hard we don't even know what our friend next door is doing. When I stand there, I think to myself, 'Drop your shoulders, breathe deeply, don't hunch'. It's those sort of things which you have ingrained in your memory.'
In addition to ballet, Camilla incorporates other forms of exercise into her fitness routine. She mentioned practicing pilates and walking as essential components of her daily activities. The Queen emphasized the importance of staying active, stating:
'We've all got to keep active. If we don't, we'll seize up and won't be able to get out of bed in the morning.'
The Queen's ballet experience
Reflecting on her ballet progress, the Queen said that after a year or 18 months of doing ballet, she feels that she has improved a tiny bit. She added humbly:
'I'm very, very much a beginner and probably will always remain a beginner.'
It is not known if Camilla has been taking part in online classes during the lockdown. RAD is offering free Silver Swans sessions every Wednesday at 1 pm on its website and social media channels.
Camilla told Dame Darcey and Ms Rippon that the sessions with her friends had been 'really good fun'. She added:
'It gives you a certain amount of confidence in yourself. It's just a bit of discipline there, which I think we all need in our lives. You might groan a bit afterwards, and huff and grunt and everything else, but you do feel so much better.'