The United Kingdom, or Great Britain, is a proud seafaring nation. Only a nation such as Great Britain would have a song called “Rule Britannia,” which proudly states, “Rule, Britannia! Rule the waves”. So, this seafaring nation and wave-ruling nation take sailing pretty seriously. Of course, their late figurehead, Queen Elizabeth II, would have to uphold this custom.
In fact, the laws of the UK, which apply to the royals, allow the Queen to take control of any ship in Great Britain and sail it. That’s right. She can just hop aboard and hoist its sails up. And in the past, the Queen has done so. She has commandeered a ship before. Now, isn’t that the perk of being the monarch of a proud seafaring nation?
There are so many rules around royal dinners that we’re not sure whether royal family members can enjoy a meal. In fact, we are pretty sure eating is more of a chore and duty than something that is relaxing or pleasurable. Most of us look forward to lunch and especially dinner so we can have a good conversation and eat something we like, but every aspect of a royal dinner has a rule attached to it, including napkins.
First, royals fold napkins in half. When they use the folded napkin, they need to wipe their faces and hands at the point where it has been folded in half so they don’t dirty their clothes. This might actually be a life hack.
A Scottish Wake-up Call
Everyone has their wake-up call or alarm-tone preferences. Some people prefer those alarm clocks which shoot off a boomerang that makes an unbearable shrieking noise. Others prefer lamps that display natural light and get brighter and brighter the closer it gets to wake-up time, meaning they make no noise at all. This one actually sounds pleasant. The late Queen Elizabeth II probably had the worst taste in alarm-sound preferences.
She preferred having the sound of bagpipes to wake her up. While it is certainly not for everyone, it would definitely get the job done. In this case, we’re not sure who would have the last laugh, William Wallace or the former British monarch. Either way, it is definitely one of the more unusual rules that the royal family abides by.
Don’t Beat the Queen at Charades
The late Queen Elizabeth II was a super fan of charades. Once a year, on Christmas night, the Queen gathers all of the royal family together, and they enjoy a spot of Charades. There is only one ‘rule’ – well, it is not really a rule but rather a very strong recommendation: you do not beat or upstage the Queen while playing the game.
The Queen considers herself something of an actress, so beating her at charades would not sit so well with her. It must have been awkward when Prince Harry had to introduce the actress Meghan Markle to the late Queen. She must have realized she had some competition during that games on Christmas night. We’re pretty sure Harry warned Markle not to outshine the Queen.
No Washing Machines
This is definitely the one rule that gives ordinary people – or rather, the workers of ordinary people – a major advantage over being a royal. The royals cannot use washing machines to do their laundry. Everything has to be hand washed. Can you imagine how difficult it must be to wash an evening gown by hand? Here we really pity the staff members, especially those responsible for laundry.
The worst part is that coats and evening gowns cannot be sent away to be dry-cleaned. This is because, in the past, the royals kept having their clothes pinched, as the dry-cleaning staff kept their clothing items as souvenirs. So now, every clothing item is hand-washed. At least they can still use irons.