The British Royals are known for the proverbial stiff upper lip. Still, no official laws prohibit heirs and their spouses from displaying affection in public. The Queen established a precedent encouraging younger, crazy-in-love royals to keep their hands to themselves and that seems to have stuck. Some future monarchs take the protocol seriously.
Prince William and Kate Middleton have never held hands or kissed in public. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle clearly treated it as a suggestion. One of the only moments that a royal shows his affection to the world is on the wedding day with the famous kiss on Buckingham Palace’s balcony.
Chin Up, Ladies
Nobody does royal protocol like the British royal family. They even have specific rules about walking downstairs or standing still. Royal ladies learn the art of walking down the stairs with their chins parallel to the ground. Hands must be at their sides at all times. The women must also pose for photographs with their chins parallel to the ground.
No scope for the best angles and head tilts in royal photos! Let's face it — if we look at royal portraits and especially of women, the clavicle is always noticeable, and how surprisingly, no one has a double chin.
Guests Can Leave the Table Before the Monarch
If you must leave the table before the meal ends, discreet ghosting is perfectly acceptable. It can seem awkward to leave before the King or Queen finishes eating, but there are dignified ways to do it. If a royal needs to leave the meal midway, they must not reveal their reasons. They absolutely should not announce it to the rest of the table.
A simple "excuse me" suffices, and they can leave the table quietly. So, whenever a head of state has to go, they can just disappear and not come back. No one will ever know where they went to.
They Can Break SOME Rules
Being a royal comes with tons of unbelievable perks, and many rules that apply to us don't apply to them. For example, the monarch does not need a driver's license or a passport for travel. When driven by police on royal duties, the family can break legal speed limits. Like Queen Elizabeth II before him, King Charles has sovereign immunity, which means he is exempt from criminal or civil investigation.
Some parts of the royal income are exempt from taxes. The royals don’t have to use their last name even though they have one, so Charles is Charles, William is William, and Kate is just Kate.
Only Hats at Formal Events
Hats are mandatory for royal women, and one can see why. Elaborate hats at royal events tend to up the fashion game instantly. All formal royal events require hats or fascinators. It is a tradition passed down through generations. The rule was much stricter in the 1950s — royal women could not go anywhere in public without a hat or fascinator.
Nowadays, they are only a part of fancier royal events, especially weddings. We're not complaining because those fashionable hats are stunning! It's become a local joke among the Brits, so when someone wants to announce an engagement, they simply say, "I have to go shopping for a hat."