The royal family frowns upon over-the-top makeup. You won’t find a royal experimenting with winged liners or flaming auburn hair. The palace prefers a natural look. Elegant and understated is the way to go. Light face contouring and nude shades for lipstick and nail polish are acceptable. Since touching up makeup in public is not allowed, their hair and makeup need to remain flawless, sometimes for hours on end.
Funnily enough, at special events, male members of the royal family wear makeup too. The makeup is used to give them a smooth complexion and a polished appearance and to enhance their natural features.
Prince Philip Had to Walk Two Steps Behind the Queen
Prince Philip, the late Duke of Edinburgh, always walked two paces behind Queen Elizabeth. The deference was a sign of respect for the orders of precedence. Even though he was the Queen’s husband, he was never king. He automatically became Prince Philip only when Elizabeth became Queen. It couldn’t have been easy for him to live in Queen Elizabeth's shadow.
Yet, Prince Philip remained her rock, supporter, and confidante throughout their nearly 74 years of marriage before his death in 2021. The idea behind this tradition is not only a matter of adulation but also to assure the queen is always the center of attention.
Royals Must Weigh Themselves Before and After Christmas Dinner
The royal family follows several holiday traditions, some less endearing and more embarrassing than others. Members of the royal family must weigh themselves on antique scales before and after Christmas dinner, a tradition that dates back to Edward VII's reign from 1901 to 1910. The reason? To ensure that guests have been properly fed.
Every guest should ideally gain three pounds during the holiday as a sign that they had a truly Merry Christmas. We've got mixed feelings about this one. Back in 1910, the variety was limited, and the amounts of sweets and goodies were much less than what we have on offer today. Three pounds is nowhere near enough.
The Royal Corgis Get Away With Everything
The royal corgis live enviable lives. It was no secret that the Queen adored her corgis, bringing new meaning to the phrase “it’s a dog’s life.” The dogs eat fresh gourmet meals prepared daily by a resident chef. A designated footman hand delivers the food after. One cannot reprimand the Queen’s corgis, even if they get up to unbelievable mischief.
The Queen allowed her dogs to do as they pleased. The late queen was associated with her precious dogs for more than 80 years, as she was often seen with them even in her young childhood days. Her first Corgi was named Dookie, and he was given to her in 1933 when she was seven years old.
The Rules on Wearing a Tiara
For most of us, tiaras are whimsical accessories, and any mention of "rules" concerning them seems odd. It turns out that wearing a tiara is more complex. Most royals nowadays wear their first tiara on their wedding day, which wasn't the case a few decades ago. Princess Margaret rocked tiaras everywhere, from dinner parties to theater shows.
Whether one is a born royal or marrying into the family, the women wait until their wedding to wear one. It is not a set rule; but more of a tradition, and the bride, being blood-related or marrying into the family, would never dare to go through her wedding without one.