This Is The Odd Way Queen Elizabeth Wakes Up Each Morning

Queen Elizabeth has gumption. Like the time she was woken up by an intruder in the early hours of the morning and calmly told him, "I'll get someone," per Town & Country. No cap, as they say. Indeed, the tale has been spun so many times — and even featured in "The Crown" – about the time Michael Fagan scaled Buckingham Palace's walls and made his way into the royal abode via an unlocked window. According to Washington Post, he had previously told his family that he was going to see his "girlfriend, Elizabeth Regina." He entered the sleeping monarch's bedroom and witnessed her sleeping attire after pulling back the bed curtains. 

"Her nightie was one of those Liberty prints and it was down to her knees," Fagan revealed to The Sun. The queen apparently tried to call security from her bedside table phone, but nobody came to her rescue. So, she got out of bed and faced the intruder head-on. Fagan shared that Queen Elizabeth said, "'Just one minute, I'll get someone,' swept past me and ran out of the room, her little bare feet running across the floor." After he was escorted from the room, Fagan reported that he asked for a scotch and waited for the imminent arrival of the police. 

The incident occurred just after 7 a.m. on June 9, 1982, per BBC. Breakfast time at Buckingham Palace had never been quite so eventful. On a similar note, here's how the queen usually spends her mornings.

Queen Elizabeth prefers Special K cereal from a Tupperware for breakfast

According to the Daily Mail, Queen Elizabeth has a very particular morning routine. She starts her day promptly at 7:30 a.m with some tea delivered by her personal maid who then turns on the radio and runs the monarch's bath. Apparently, the water temperature is tested and the queen bathes in less than seven inches of water. While Queen Elizabeth suds up, her clothes for the day are laid out. Of course, she may even have several changes of wardrobes depending on the day's agenda. After changing into her clothes and getting her hair done, the queen makes her way to her private dining room.

Breakfast is served at 8:30 a.m. Surprisingly, Queen Elizabeth prefers Special K from a Tupperware container to a full English breakfast.  Afterward, she listens to a bagpiper who marches up and down the terrace below the dining room. According to Royal Central, the Queen's piper, as the position is officially called, plays an important part in her morning routine. Every weekday at 9 a.m., the piper entertains the queen with some music for about 15 minutes. The person even travels to her official residences at Balmoral Palace, Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, and the Palace Holyroodhouse. 

The queen certainly has her wake-up routine down pat. And hopefully, she'll never have another rude awakening from an uninvited guest. Elizabeth Regina indeed!