The royals are a very busy family – if not the busiest family in the country. They’re constantly on the go and when they’re not attending engagements within the UK, they’re travelling to fulfil their global duties. So as you can imagine, they have a couple of requirements for a trip overseas.
It was recently revealed that Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, has a very specific travel essential she doesn’t leave without and it is something she uses for health and wellness. According to the Express, the one thing Camilla won’t travel without is her yoga block – an item that helps to support your body during the exercise.
The specific insight was given by royal biographer Robert Hardman, in his 2018 book, Queen of the World.
‘The Duchess is touring a community centre where she turns her hand to art, flower-arranging and cooking, and drops in on a yoga class for senior citizens,’ he wrote, referring to Camilla’s trip to Singapore in 2017. ‘She spots a “back brick” and tells her guide that she never travels without one.’
As reported by the Express, the Duchess also discussed the benefits of a yoga block (which include achieving a straighter spine) during the trip. ‘It’s very good for you yoga, isn’t it? I do a bit of yoga. A bit of yoga and a bit of Pilates,’ she said, claims the publication. ‘It’s very good for you as you get older, it makes you less stiff – good for your muscles. It makes you much more supple.’
But Camilla isn’t the only royal to be a fan of the practise. The Duchess of Sussex is a long-time advocate of yoga, thanks to her mother Doria Ragland, who has been a trained instructor since Meghan was a child.
‘Yoga is my thing,’ Meghan told Best Health Magazine in a cover interview from 2016. ‘My mom is a yoga instructor, and I started doing mommy-and-me yoga with her when I was seven.’
‘I was very resistant as a kid,’ she added. ‘But she said, “Flower, you will find your practice – just give it time.” In college, I started doing it more regularly.’