Queen Elizabeth II disliked having too much onion in her meals, and garlic was an absolute no-no — banned from Buckingham Palace entirely! Royal Chef, John Higgins, stated in The National Post, “The Queen is a lovely lady, and the royal family are lovely people, but they’re missing out on garlic because they don’t cook with it at Buckingham Palace. In case you get the royal burp, I suppose.”
It seemed a sensible rule, given the many appearances and official meetings the royal family attended. One would never catch any of them with awkward bad breath in-between visits or a lost piece of cilantro stuck between the teeth.
The Queen’s Secret Signals
While King Charles will no doubt devise his own methods as time goes on, his mother used her purse to send subtle messages to her staff during her reign. During public engagements, the Queen moved her bag from her left arm to her right to signal she was done talking.
It was a gesture indicating that she was ready to end the conversation and move on. Why did we never think of this before? We already have small little purses and handbags, so all we need now is someone to notice us when we move then from one hand to the other.
Royals Must Pack a Black Dress While Traveling
The British royals are nothing but prepared for any eventuality. The royal family must pack an all-black ensemble while traveling for royal duties. The reason? They will have appropriate clothing in the event of sudden death when they must pay their respects or attend a funeral. While it sounds morbid, the rule is practical and makes sense for a family always in the public eye.
Some people say the rule came about after Queen Elizabeth heard of her father’s passing while she was in Kenya on a tour of the Commonwealth. The then-young princess arrived back at her homeland and was seen getting off the plane in a black dress to mark her mourning.
Tiaras Only After 5 P.M.
Tiaras are typically reserved for events that begin after 5 p.m. and only for married royals. Although formal events can happen during the day, royals avoid wearing diamonds while the sun is shining. Daylight and sparkling tiaras can be a bit of an overkill. Tiaras for evening events are far more appropriate. Royal ladies and their tiaras are far more likely to stand out at night.
Inaugurations, balls, coronations, State visits, and royal dinners are the few occasions when a tiara is appropriate. The members of the royal family already naturally stand out, so there is no need for extra bling, especially not during daylight hours.
When to Wear Military Colors
The royals frequently wear their regimental uniforms when representing their regiments at military events. Prince William and Prince Harry have served in the armed forces and often wear their regimental colors. Prince William served in the Royal Air Force (RAF) and also holds the title of Colonel of the Irish Guards.
Prince Harry joined the British Army's Blues and Royals Cavalry regiment and served as an Army Air Corps Pilot in Afghanistan. In 2015 Harry ended his ten-year military service, which he described as one of the best times of his life. In 2013 Prince William completed his military service; however, still holds on to his pilot qualification.