Always wanted to frame a royal’s signature as a keepsake? We have bad news. Nobody in the British monarchy is allowed to sign autographs. Can one take a picture? Yes, though selfies are a no-no. The reasoning behind these measures is pretty sound — a safety measure against forgery.
All royals must follow the anti-fraud policy. When asked for his signature in the past, King Charles politely declined, saying, “Sorry, they don’t allow me to do that.” This rule is believed to go back to the 1900s, and it was regulated to secure the privacy and security of the royal too.
Coats Must Always Stay On
Kate Middleton’s status as a fashion icon is indisputable. Every outfit is on point, from the dress and accessories to the fashionable coats we love dearly. Besides fashion envy, Kate’s coats sparked conversation when she was photographed wearing one indoors. What gives? It turns out that British royal protocol considers it unladylike for senior female royals to remove a coat in public.
You can be sure the weather calls for a coat. The coat must stay on for public engagements, no matter the circumstance. This coat regulation is all about tradition. It's part of their attire, and this is what's expected from them.
Royals Don’t Get Paid to Work
The British taxpayers and inherited wealth support the royal family. Senior members of the royal family, such as Prince Charles, Prince William, and Kate Middleton, cannot get paid to work. Commercial deals such as advertisements or speaking engagements are considered a conflict of interest. Instead, they earn income from the Sovereign Grant or through their respective duchy.
But what of the other royals? It turns out some of them have regular day jobs. Princess Eugenie is the director of a London art gallery, while Princess Beatrice is the VP of a software company. Now, although Princess Royal Anne, the late queen's daughter, doesn't hold a 9 to 5 office position, she is recognized for her ongoing charity work and her investment in sports and education.
The Monarch Cannot Sit on a Foreign Throne
Queen Elizabeth made a much-publicized visit to the "Game of Thrones" set in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The series created thousands of jobs for the people of Northern Ireland, and as a way to repay them, the Queen met with the creators and cast of the show. When offered the chance to sit on the Iron Throne, the Queen politely declined.
It turns out that the monarch cannot sit on a foreign throne, even if it is the highly-coveted Iron Throne. The logic behind this rule is that if one monarch were to sit on another throne, it would be claiming sovereignty which is practically a violation.
A list of royal family protocols would be incomplete without mentioning tea! Of course, there is only one right way to sip from a teacup. One must hold the teacup handle with the thumb and index finger while holding the bottom with the middle finger.
While sipping tea, the royal women must remember to take sips from the same spot to avoid getting lipstick all over their teacup, which is considered unsightly and rude. As for the way the royals serve their tea, only fine china will do, and saucers always accompany the cups. The tea is poured before the milk, and a selection of finger sandwiches wraps it all up.