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Queen Elizabeth II Owes This Unusual Activity For Her Long And Healthy Life

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She may be 92 years old, but Queen Elizabeth II is showing no signs of slowing down.

During her 65 years as the British Monarch, Her Majesty has become the matriarch to four children, eight grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren, affectionately known to them as "mummy," granny," and "gan-gan."

She's also lived through incredible feats in human history, including the first moon landing, the introduction of the internet, and the Channel Tunnel's creation.

And while longevity is in her family's bloodline, (the Queen Mother lived to be 101 years old) many people wonder, what's the secret to her long and healthy life?

Well, according to Lord Timothy Tollemache, the owner of Helmingham Park, it's an unusual activity that would make anyone take a second glance.

A known tradition to the royal family is their annual hunting trips, and Her Royal Highness rarely misses an outing.

After the day's events at Helmingham Park in Suffolk, England, Elizabeth would sit inside a dead, hallow oak tree, and enjoy a drink of whisky.

"The Queen used to go shooting there every winter and that particular tree, a dead oak tree - when they start getting old they to from the centre so it is hollow - and she used to shelter in the hollow and have a little whisky during the day," he told The Times.

This revelation came to light following an announcement that a photo of oak will be featured in an exhibition by royal photographer Adrian Houston called A Portrait of a Tree.

Unfortunately, Houston wrote in his exhibition notes that the tree is "no longer with us," but added that it lived for a substantial amount of time before it met its demise.

"The things they have seen in their lives must be incredible," he said. "We all take trees for granted."

However, Zoomer notes there should be several factors attributed to the Queen's longevity, such as regular medical screenings, maintaining a good diet, and keeping a pet - like a handful of corgis.

"Getting a positive response from an animal may make one feel better and likely has an effect on the metabolic system to produce higher levels of positive hormones, improving feelings of well-being," said Dr. Robert Petrella, of the Lawson Health Research Institute at the University of Western Ontario.

[H/T: Express, Zoomer]

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