Hidden Royal Family Secrets
Ever wondered what the royal family gets up to when they aren’t in the public eye? For centuries the British Royal Family has maintained a level of secrecy about what goes on behind the walls of Buckingham Palace. But more recently, we’ve been able to get a peek behind the curtain and find out some secrets about the royal family.
Meghan Markle wears Marks & Spencer
Despite her fame and fortune, Meghan Markle still wears clothes that you buy at a department store. In 2018, she was spotted wearing a black wool sweater from Marks and Spencer, a U.K-based department store. She wore it one her first official public appearance with Prince Harry.
There’s a Secret Documentary about The Royal Family
In 1969 the royal family filmed a documentary about their everyday lives, but it was never released to the public. This is because the queen and her advisers feared that the film could be dangerous in the wrong hands, so she had it shelved.
The Queen Has an Entourage
As surprising as it sounds, Queen Elizabeth travels with her own entourage; It consists of as many as 30 people, including her hairdresser, eight bodyguards, several press officers, and many more. The queen is never short of company on her trips.
Queen Elizabeth has Two Birthdays
The queen is the only person in the world who gets to celebrate her birthday twice in one year. Queen Elizabeth was born on April 21, but she also celebrates her birthday on the second Saturday of June every year because of a long-standing tradition.
They Don’t Eat Seafood When Travelling
No member of the royal family is allowed to eat seafood while traveling. They’re advised to stay away from it because shellfish have been known to give people food sickness. The only time they are allowed to eat seafood is when they aren’t on their travels.
Royal Women Sit in a Particular Way
Every royal woman is expected to sit with their legs and knees kept together. They aren’t allowed to have their legs crossed at the knees. However, crossing their ankles is permitted. Princess Diana would often be seen sitting in this way, and so too Kate Middleton.
No One Likes Prince Charles
Very few people in the U.K want Prince Charles to become king. Despite being first in line for the throne, the prince is the least favorite among the royals. Most people would prefer the throne to be passed down to Prince William instead of him.
Queen Elizabeth II Takes Her Blood Everywhere
Queen Elizabeth II travels with her doctor everywhere she goes, and the doctor always brings along supplies of the queen’s blood just in case of an emergency. Some of the places the queen visits don’t always have the best healthcare facilities, so it’s essential for her to have a healthy blood supply near her.
Prince William Made History When he was Only Three
Instead of letting Prince William start school at the royal palace, Princess Diana chose to send him to Mrs. Jane Mynor’s nursery school when he was just three. Prince William became the first royal to start school outside of the royal palace.
Kate Middleton Breaks Rules
According to a royal protocol, members of the royal family must only greet both adults and children with a handshake. Kate Middleton broke protocol when she couldn’t hold back her enthusiasm during a visit to a Germany charity. The Duchess of Cambridge gave a group of children a series of warm hugs when she met them.
Queen Elizabeth is Not The Richest Royal
Queen Elizabeth isn’t the wealthiest member of the royal family; that title belongs to Princess Charlotte. The queen has an estimated net worth of only $500 million, while Princess Charlotte’s net worth is believed to be $5 Billion.
Queen Elizabeth’s Purses Hold a Secret Code
Queen Elizabeth’s purse collection is well known, but what you may not have known is that the purses have a secret meaning. When the queen holds her purse in a particular way, it’s actually a secret signal to the people that work for her.
Members of the Royal Family Aren’t Allowed to Use Certain Words
To separate themselves from commoners, the royal family has a list of words that they cannot say. A few of those words include “tea,” “toilet,” “lounge,” and “dessert.” The royal family is expected to speak in a way that’s in line with their social positions.
Every Royal Wedding Serves Fruitcake
Fruitcake has always been served in every royal wedding since 1840, except for one. The tradition was finally broken when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle decided to serve lemon elderflower cake with buttercream frosting at their royal wedding.
The Queen’s Alarm is A Bag Pipe
Every morning in Buckingham Palace, a Scottish piper plays the bagpipe under the queen’s window, starting from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. The queen requested the piper do this for her, and in return, they were rewarded handsomely.
Some of the things that the royal family gets up to behind palace walls can be seen as eccentric, while others are down to earth. In many ways, the royal family is just regular people who happen to have royal blood. They don’t show this side of them because they are expected to maintain a certain standard.