As the nation’s longest serving monarch and the world’s favourite grandma, Queen Elizabeth is adored for her humility, stoic resilience and Lagerfeld-esque uniform, which replaces black suits and cats with pastels, pearls and corgis.
But what the world didn’t know about the queen, until now, is that she loves marathons; yes, marathons, and as such has cemented her reputation as not only the queen of the land, but the queen of normcore.
While Liz might not be digging out her dad’s purple reebok sweatshirt from ’92 and wearing ironic new balance, she’s been shunning the limelight for low-key pursuits longer than most.
So, in honour of her majesty’s love for watching people run for 26 miles and 385 yards, here are 13 reasons why she is the regent of #normcore.
She loves Kirsty’s Home Videos
According to palace sources, Liz would regularly delay her dinner to catch what was once the nation’s favourite zany video show.
And she used to love The Bill
Once uttering the immortal words: “I hate The Bill, but I can’t stop watching it.”
Her first corgi was called Susan
If there is a more #normcore name for a dog - apart from maybe Clive for a boy - I am yet to hear it.
She invented her own breed of dog, a mixture between a corgi and a daschund: a dorgi…Genius!
She now has three: Cider, Candy and Vulcan.
Her favourite county is Norfolk
She called the people of Norfolk: 'Simple, loyal and decent, like the Australians.'
Her honeymoon was in Hampshire
Albeit at Phillip’s family estate, but it’s not exactly the Seychelles, is it?
She owns a cottage in Shropshire
Royal expert Talbot Church is quoted saying: ‘Sometimes she will spend an entire day at the cottage, tidying up, watching The Jeremy Kyle Show and organising an "ordinary" dinner-party for close friends.’
The queen watches Jeremy Kyle, let that sink in…
She is the patron of The Royal Pigeon Racing Association
Pigeons are the flying embodiment of normcore, they’ve been wearing the same clothes for years.
She is the official owner of all the whales, sturgeons and dolphins in UK waters
What does a Sturgeon look like? Exactly!
She has given out approximately 90,000 Christmas puddings across her reign
Her staff receive their very own pudding every year.
Prince Philip’s pet names for his wife are said to include 'cabbage' and 'sausage'
The most iconic woman on earth is called sausage.
There is said to be a Billy Bass singing fish on top of the grand piano at Balmoral
Such a wonderful piece of 90's memorabilia could fetch a fortune on eBay for her majesty.
Words by Finlay Renwick