You might be surprised to learn that one rule the royals need to follow is that children make up the royal bridal attendees. This is a tradition that goes way back in time. In fact, it is not only a royal tradition, but it is a British tradition.
This tradition has been captured in numerous photos over the years, such as the Queen Mother greeting her pageboys and a young Princess Anne carrying a basket of confetti at her aunt’s wedding. Even in modern times, this tradition has been maintained. While the British royalty was free to be an exception, they still maintained this British wedding custom.
They Rarely Eat Shellfish
There are some dietary requirements that royals are expected to adhere to during their reign. When dining out or traveling, the royals do not consume shellfish. The family has gone to great lengths to avoid eating shellfish while dining out or visiting foreign countries because it carries a higher-than-normal risk of food poisoning and illness.
This is not a requirement, but Queen Elizabeth set the tone for this precedent. It remains a wise rule, nonetheless. Many royals still follow it religiously. Shellfish must not come in the way of royal duty, and we assure you this rule was set after learning the hard way.
The Queen Chooses the Tiara
A strange royal family tradition is that the late Queen got to say who wore which tiara and when. It is not all that unreasonable when you consider that most of the tiaras are part of the Queen’s collection and that she does have a lot of experience when it comes to them.
Speaking of her collection, the Queen has some amazing ones, including The Delhi Durbar Tiara, bedecked with emeralds, the Brazilian Aquamarine Tiara, fashionably living up to its name with its aquamarine stones, and The Burmese Ruby Tiara. It is certainly a stunning collection with all sorts of precious stones. There are plenty of pictures of various princesses donning these tiaras, but, of course, only after the Queen has given them approval first.
No Casual Clothing
Of course, we all kind of knew this one already. We thought it was just simply a tradition or a custom, but it is, in fact, a rule — the royal family members cannot wear casual clothes. The rules are that the royals need to dress modestly too.
That is why even with the younger members, you won’t see them waltzing about in the public eye with jeans and t-shirts. It is always formal trousers and collared shirts. And when you get older, you guessed it, it is a full suit. The women have a little bit more freedom, but not much, considering that they still have a pretty limiting and strict dress code.
Tiaras are really serious business. We know they are reserved for only princesses and royal family members. We also know they rule – meaning if someone is donning a tiara, they are generally – or rather traditionally – some kind of ruler. It's all getting a bit confusing, but tiaras dictate to these individuals. When wearing them, the royal personage has to angle them properly.
In the past, they were worn near the front of the head, but now the modern style is to wear them further back and at a 45-degree angle to the head. There are some snapshots of Kate Middleton wearing the new style as a reference for when you wear your tiara.