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How to live like a queen – Her Majesty’s daily routine to live to 96



What can we learn about living From Britain’s longest-reigning monarch?

Despite living a life of luxury, The Queen preferred a modest and structured approach when it came to her wellbeing.

The Queen did not bother with intense workouts.

She preferred “sensible exercise” like walking her corgis and riding horses, according to the author of “Long Live the Queen!”

When it came to walks, they were not a stroll in the park.

In a speech given when the Queen and Prince Philip visited the U.S. in 1991, then-president GeorgeBush complimented her on her long walks that “left even the Secret Service panting.”

Biographer Sally Bedell Smith once said Elizabeth’s endurance is “striking.”

After a long day of tightly packed events, the tour organizer recounts the moment her Canadian tour guide suddenly realised he had not given the queen one moment’s break, not even to use the loo.

“You need not worry,” said her private secretary. “Her Majesty is trained for eight hours.”

She was fit – but has never lifted a dumbbell, hopped on an elliptical, tracked her heart rate, or done anything resembling a squat, lunge, crunch, press, or curl in a gym environment.

Instead, she preferred a calm walk instead.

She enjoyed time in nature and exploring the Scottish countryside, where she spent her final moments in Balmoral.

The Queen also enjoyed simple meals with a bit of chocolate and gin, never smoked and got good sleep.

So eating a balanced diet, walking, and maintaining a healthy weight — as the Queen did — are key to having a long and healthy life. 

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U.S. fighters shoot down Chinese spy balloon – now what?



U.S. military fighter aircraft shot down a suspected Chinese spy balloon as it floated off the coast of South Carolina on Saturday, drawing to a close a dramatic saga that shone a spotlight on worsening Sino-U.S. relations.

“We successfully took it down, and I want to compliment our aviators who did it,” President Joe Biden said.

Biden said he had issued an order on Wednesday to take down the balloon, but the Pentagon had recommended waiting until it could be done over open water to safeguard civilians from debris crashing down to Earth from thousands of feet (meters) above commercial air traffic.

China has mounted “the largest intelligence operation in the history of the human race” against the US and Australia, a former top US intelligence official has warned, as the US military shot down a Chinese spy balloon as it neared the Atlantic coast above the Carolinas.

Multiple fighter and refueling aircraft were involved in the mission, but only one — an F-22 fighter jet from Langley Air Force Base in Virginia — took the shot at 2:39 p.m. (1939 GMT), using a single AIM-9X supersonic, heat-seeking, air-to-air missile, a senior U.S. military official said.

The balloon was shot down about six nautical miles off the U.S. coast, over relatively shallow water, potentially aiding efforts to recover key elements of the Chinese surveillance equipment among the debris in the coming days, officials said.

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Russia throws more troops at Ukraine front line



Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy says the situation on the front lines in the east of the country is getting tougher and Russia was throwing more and more troops into battle.

Russian forces are slowly gaining ground in the Donbas region, encircling the city of Bakhmut north of Donetsk and battling to take control of a nearby road which is a major supply route for Ukrainian forces. They are also trying to capture Vuhledar, southwest of Donetsk.

“I’ve often had to say the situation at the front is tough, and is getting tougher, and it’s that time again. … The invader is putting more and more of his forces into breaking down our defences,” Zelenskiy said in a video address.

“It is very difficult now in Bakhmut, Vuhledar, Lyman and other directions,” he continued.

Earlier in the day, Deputy Defence Minister Hanna Malyar wrote on Telegram that Russian efforts to break the defences in Bakhmut and Lyman had failed.

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Balloon diplomacy blows China off course



China claims an “airship” that is flying over the United States is for civilian meteorological and other scientific purposes and voiced regret that it strayed into U.S. airspace.

U.S. officials said on Thursday that a Chinese spy balloon has been flying over the United States for a couple of days, in what would be a brazen act just days ahead of a planned trip to Beijing by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

In a statement late on Friday, China’s foreign ministry also said that it would continue to maintain communications with the United States to properly handle the unexpected situation.

“The airship is from China and is civilian in nature, used for meteorological and other scientific research. Due to the influence of westerly winds and its limited control capability, the airship deviated from its intended course,” it said.

“China regrets that the airship strayed into the United States by mistake due to force majeure. China will continue to maintain communication with the U.S. side to properly handle this accident,” it said.

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