It turns out that being part of the British royals family comes with a lot of responsibilities and a ridiculously strict rulebook. From having Meghan Markle always to stand behind Kate Middleton to never eating garlic in the Queen’s presence – scroll down to see 23 of the rules all royals must follow at all times!
1. Placing their chin is very important.
Their chin MUST stay parallel to the ground. The members of the royal family must keep their public presence as positive as possible. If the chin is too low, it might suggest that they have low confidence, which does not look good on a person who people look up to. If the chin is too high, though, it might give the impression that they think that they’re better than everyone else, which is not a good image either. It’s all about balance.
2. Meghan Markle MUST always stand Behind Kate Middleton.
During her first appearance on the Buckingham Palace’s balcony, Meghan stood behind her sister-in-law, Kate because there is a specific order for public events and engagements. William goes first, followed by his wife, and so on.
3. They MUST sit with their legs crossed.
It is accepted that female members of the royal family have to choose what’s called “the Duchess slant” when they’re seated. Myka Meier, the founder of Beaumont Etiquette, previously told GoodHousekeeping.com.: “Typically ‘the Duchess slant’ is used when a lady has to sit for an extended amount of time while keeping poise and posture.”
4.No Cleavage is allowed.
Women of the Royal Family aren’t allowed to show any cleavage. “We used to laugh when we designed what she called her ‘cleavage bags,’ little satin clutches which she would cover her cleavage with when she stepped out of cars,” said Anya Hindmarch, who designed numerous bags for Princess Diana.
5. Tiaras Are Only Worn After 6 P.M.
Tiaras are considered too formal and they must only be worn after 6:00 p.m. Before then, women are permitted to wear regular hats.
6. Prince George Can Only Wear Shorts.
It’s actually a sign of status. Young boys of the royal family wear shorts only, and they’re not supposed to rock real pants until they’re older. When he turns eight years old, he’s allowed to wear full-length pants.
7. The Queen Can Drive Without A License
She’s the only person in the UK who is allowed to drive without a license and doesn’t even have to take the test.
8. The Royals can’t wear fur.
King Edward III forbid all Royals to wear fur in the 12th century, but in 2011, the Queen and Camilla were both criticized for wearing fur hats on Christmas Day. People attacked them for supporting a cruel industry. Camilla offered an excuse, saying her hat was vintage and upcycled.
9. The Queen’s breakfast is the same every day.
Her Majesty has Twinnings’ English breakfast tea with milk and Marie cookies first when she gets up. After her tea, she has a bowl of Corn Flakes, which is served alongside accompaniments such as prunes, apricots, and macadamia nuts.
10. All Royal weddings must have children in the ceremony who act as page boys and bridesmaid.
11. People who are not Royals are NOT allowed to touch members of the royal family.
In 2014 William and Kate attended a basketball game where after when they were posing for photos Lebron James was criticized by the public for not respecting royal protocol and putting his arm around Kate Middleton’s shoulder. Kensington Palace commented that: “There are no obligatory codes of behavior when meeting The Queen or a member of the Royal Family, but many people wish to observe the traditional forms.”
12. The Queen gives her staff signals with her handbag.
If she puts her handbag on the floor that indicates her team that she is done with a conversation and would like them to help end the discussion.
13. There’s a specific way of holding a cup of tea.
You must pinch the teacup handle with your index finger and thumb, while your middle finger secures the bottom.
14. They MUST look polished and well groomed at all times.
The Duchess of Cambridge has been visiting the same salon from before marrying into the family. She gets three blowouts a week, which comes up to around $10,000 a year. Ah, the royal life!
15. Everyone from the royal family MUST get an approval from the Queen to get married.
The Royal Marriages Act of 1772 reads that any royal descendants must seek approval from the monarch before they can propose.
16. The Queen’s outfits must always be in bright colors.
This allows her to be easily spotted. “Don’t forget that when she turns up somewhere, the crowds are two, three, four, 10, 15 deep, and someone wants to be able to say they saw a bit of the queen’s hat as she went past,” revealed Sophie, Countess of Wessex, the Queen’s daughter-in-law.
17. The Queen’s dogs are treated like Royals.
“Nobody is allowed to raise a finger or a voice to any of the dogs. They cock their legs and do what Corgis do wherever they want — on antique furniture, priceless carpets,” said Brian Hoey in his book ‘Not In Front of the Corgis’. Also, the pups are fed promptly at 5 p.m. with a filet of steak and chicken breast, made daily from scratch with fresh ingredients and is hand-delivered to the pups by a footman.
18. Members of the royal family MUST learn multiple languages.
Queen Elizabeth speaks French while Prince William speaks passable French and Welsh and Prince Charles is fluent in German and Prince George is reportedly learning Spanish.
19. Garlic is absolutely banned in the royal family’s table.
The queen reportedly hates garlic and doesn’t want it to be present anywhere near her. Other royal family members can eat garlic but not in the presence of the Queen.
20. During dinner, the Queen first speaks to the person sitting on her right side.
Her Majesty always speaks to the person that is sitting on her right when starting the meal. During the second course, she turns to the guest on her left and started a conversation with them.
21. The Queen’s Husband Must Walk Behind Her.
Prince Philip must always walk a few steps behind his wife, especially during formal occasions and state dinners. She is a sovereign and always walks at the front of any procession.
22. Royals MUST accept any gift that is given to them.
They are absolutely required to accept all gifts that are given to them, but they officially belong to the Queen, so she’s the one who decides which gifts to keep or give to other members of the family.
23. The Royal family is absolutely NOT allowed to give autographs.
Even though in nowadays asking for a autograph is not so common anymore, and people would prefer to ask for a photo, or a selfie, the royal members like to maintain eye contact, instead, with people when they’re talking and prefer to use the time they’re speaking with people to make a genuine connection with them.