Families keep traditions all too well. Royal families? Even better. Some traditions in the British royal families have been kept for centuries, and some rules are still followed today. Needless to say, many don’t really make sense nowadays, but you have to respect them. Ranker has compiled the weirdest rules the royal family has to follow.
1. Once the Queen stops eating, you stop eating, too.
Photo: The Queen/Pathe
This is one of the hundreds of rules about dining with royalty. You need to keep track of the Queen. Once she is done eating, you must stop eating, too. It all started with the ruling of Queen Victoria. She was a notoriously fast eater and she would eat even seven courses in half an hour.
2. Monopoly is forbidden
It is hard to imagine anyone would forbid this kind of a game. However, it all dates back to the past. Prince Andrew, the son of Queen Elizabeth II, was at a public event a couple o fyears ago. People introduced him to the game, but he apparently said: “We’re not allowed to play Monopoly at home. It gets too vicious.”
3. The Queen’s corgis probably eat better than most people.
These dogs really live like royals. Chef McGrady, who cooked for the Queen for 11 years, spoke with Hello! about what the dogs ate, as he was also responsible for them.
“When I worked at the palace, we actually had a royal menu for the dogs. It would be chosen and sent to us in the kitchen every month by Mrs. Fennick, who took care of all the dogs at Sandringham. It would list each day what the dogs were to have.”
Everything was also cut into small bites and there were no bones whatsoever.
4. The Royals don’t eat shellfish
It’s because they are one of the food groups that have a greater risk of food poisoning. That’s why it’s preventative for them not to consume crab, clams, shrimp, etc. They are also careful about other foods, including water in foreign countries or meat that’s too rare.
5. The Queen signals something with her handbag.
Photo: Eric Draper/White House.gov
It acts as a secret code. Whenever she puts her bag on the table at dinner it means she wants to end the event in five minutes. Also, if she puts it on the floor it means she’s dissatisfied with the conversation. Wish I could do that, too!
6. Four years ago, someone in line for the throne couldn’t marry a Roman Catholic
Photo: Tasmanian Legislation Online
The tension between the Anglican Church and Catholic Church is all over now, but dates back to the 1500s and the English Reformation. The monarchs have been Anglican by requirement for hundreds of years, so it only makes sense they wouldn’t allow this. It wasn’t until the Succession Act of 2013 was passed that this rule was over.
7. If traveling, you need to bring something black with you.
Photo: The Queen/Pathe
They have to do this in case a member of their family dies, so they can be prepared for mourning.
8. They replace hats with tiaras after 6 PM
Hats and tiaras also have specific rules among the royals. According to Grant Harrold, who is the Royal Butler, says this custom has a history. “For married ladies it was a sign of status and would show you were taken and not looking for a husband,” he told the BBC. “For the gentleman it was a clear sign not to make advances toward the lady in question.”
9. Garlic isn’t allowed in Buckingham Palace.
The Queen apparently dislikes garlic very much so it’s not allowed there. It has not ben officially confirmed, though.
“We can never serve anything with garlic or too much onions,” chef Darren McGrady told RecipesPlus. “We also couldn’t serve meat that was rare, as she liked her meat more well done.”
John Higgens, another chef who has cooked at the Palace, told the National Post, “The Queen is a wonderful lady, the royal family are wonderful people but they’re missing out on garlic because at Buckingham Palace you don’t cook with garlic. I suppose, in case you get the royal burp,”
10. Two heirs aren’t supposed to travel together
This has already been broken and it’s similar to the black-outfit one. If these two have to travel to the same country, they need to take separate flights.
Prince William already broke that rule in 2014 when he took his infant son, Prince George, on a trip with him and the Duchess of Cambridge to Australia and New Zealand.
11. They can, but don’t vote.
Although they can officially vote, it is the custom to stay neutral. The UK Parliament site even says, “Although not prohibited by law, it is considered unconstitutional for the Monarch to vote in an election.”
Queen Elizabeth had been accused of expressing anti-EU views in the past year. These claims have been denied.
12. The myrtle is the centerpiece for the royal wedding bouquet
Photo: Wikimedia Commons
The myrtle plant is very important in this context, although it’s not a rule.This kind of a plant was gifted to Queen Victoria by Prince Albert’s grandmother. Brought over from Germany, the flowers were first used Victoria’s wedding. Later on, you could see the flower in the bouquets of Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Diana, and Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge.
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