British Royals Survive 30 Years Longer Than Their Subjects

They take that “Long Live the Queen” stuff very seriously.


Daily Beast: Reaching such a ripe old age isn’t uncommon among the British ruling family—in fact, my analysis shows that on average they live an additional 30 years compared with their subjects.

I looked at the duration of life of the last six British monarchs, along with the longevity of their spouses and children—in total 27 royals. What it reveals is a fascinating and familiar story for those of us who study aging and longevity for a living. As a professor of epidemiology and biostatistics, I had previously observed the exact same phenomenon among U.S. presidents—they also tend to live decades longer than the general population they serve.

The ruling U.K. monarchs from Queen Victoria onward lived an average of 75 years. And this longevity will continue to rise with each day that Queen Elizabeth II—currently age 95—lives. Their spouses survived even longer, reaching an average age of 83.5 years. If Victoria’s husband Prince Albert, who died of suspected typhoid fever at age 42 in 1861, is removed from the equation, the average duration of the life of the spouses of the monarchs was an astonishing 91.7 years.

By contrast, the average life duration of the wider U.K. population for the years the monarchs were born throughout this period was only 46 years, according to figures from the Human Mortality Database. For example, the typical life expectancy at birth for a female in the U.K. in 1819 was just under 41 years. Queen Victoria, also born in 1819, was 81 when she died. By the time Elizabeth II was born in 1926, life expectancy at birth for females in the U.K. had risen to 62—the queen has already surpassed that by some 33 years.


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  1. Since the referendum on Brexit was announced, the UK royals have enjoyed a healthy portion of media attention here in the US. This was again bolstered, when Harry moved here in synch with the launching of US SUN. And now as we see, front page every day.
    The trend or movement away from Monarchy, some 250 years old, has stalled when it approached the UK. I submit, that the key to better future, is the elimination of exceptionalism and ownership of countries, by individuals. The depth and breadth, of the negative affects on humanity have not been quantified, and are ignored by romantic tradition that has no foundation in truth. Where is the money trail for the opium ?

    • If the US wants to be a world leader in something, we should try Monarchy elimination rather than hired murderers and thugs for them. We lead the world in that. We are covering for those we sought to throw off our backs at our inception. Finalize the divorce. Start with the cancellation of the copper mine permit.

  2. Better food, better medical treatment better living conditions so no surprise.
    In respect of HRH’s coronation oath in light of the usurpation of sovereignty to global and EU bolsheviks how did she do ?
    Archbishop. Will you solemnly promise and swear to govern the Peoples of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Union of South Africa, Pakistan, and Ceylon, and of your Possessions and the other Territories to any of them belonging or pertaining, according to their respective laws and customs?

    Queen. I solemnly promise so to do.

    Archbishop. Will you to your power cause Law and Justice, in Mercy, to be executed in all your judgements?

    Queen. I will.

    Archbishop. Will you to the utmost of your power maintain the Laws of God and the true profession of the Gospel? Will you to the utmost of your power maintain in the United Kingdom the Protestant Reformed Religion established by law? Will you maintain and preserve inviolably the settlement of the Church of England, and the doctrine, worship, discipline, and government thereof, as by law established in England? And will you preserve unto the Bishops and Clergy of England, and to the Churches there committed to their charge, all such rights and privileges, as by law do or shall appertain to them or any of them?

    Queen. All this I promise to do.

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