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Queen appoints 'alternative' royal doctor

February 22, 2004
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The Queen appears to have embraced alternative medicine by choosing a GP who offers yoga, acupuncture and aromatherapy as the official royal doctor. Her decision comes after the retirement of Sir Nigel Southward, the Harley Street doctor who served the Royal Family for many years.

Dr Timothy Evans was personally selected by the Queen, who has apparently been won over by alternative treatments after recent operations on her knee and face. The 48-year-old has a goatee beard and drives a Smart car with a license plate that reads "Dr Tim".

"The practise is stunning inside," said one patient at his Wandsworth clinic. "It doesn't feel like a doctor's surgery. It is more like a spa." Dr Evans describes the centre as "the realisation of my vision to create an environment where traditional and complimentary medicine is practised side-by-side, providing a fully integrated approach to the healthcare of all our patients".

The charismatic physician is also the medical director of the Total Health Club, which was attended by Princess Diana, and the "Family GP" for a child safety website. Among the other treatments offered at his clinic are reflexology, Pilates, homeopathy and osteopathy. He shares his home, which is decorated with ornamental Buddhas and scented candles, with his wife Annabel and their two children Wilfie and Poppy.

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The Queen has become convinced of the merits of alternative medicine. Her son Prince Charles is a long-standing fan, while his companion Camilla Parker Bowles practises PilatesPhoto: © AFP

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