Queen Elizabeth Has A 'Fake Hand' That Can Be Used For Waving When Her Arm Is Tired

Date October 1, 2018

Queen Elizabeth has spent most of her life waving to the public. So it's understandable that some people thought to get her a pretty fascinating present. 


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The fake hand

Many years ago, a group of Australian students gave Her Majesty a present so hilariously perfect that the entire royal family was quite impressed. It was a fake hand that she could use to wave at the crowd whenever her real hand got tired.


The Queen's daughter, Princess Anne, opened up about this gift while speaking to author Robert Hardman for his book 'Queen of the World'. 

They gave her a stuffed glove on a wooden lever so you could tweak the end of the lever and this hand went to and fro. I think they thought it was chee­ky, but Her Majesty was thrilled.


Apparently, the Queen loved the gift so much that she has kept it all this while. Princess Anne said she did not think Queen Elizabeth ever wore the fake hand but it was "a much-loved family joke."

We can kind of understand why the students thought this could be a funny thing to give to the royal. Though it may look easy from the outside, but we imagine waving to so many people at as much frequency as Queen Elizabeth does can be tasking. 


Of course, considering the fact that she has been doing it since she was a little girl, it's possible she has gotten used to it. Couldn't you just picture the royal giggling as she opened that weirdly funny present?

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Why Princess Anne does not shake hands

Speaking of hands and relating to the crowd, Princess Anne was also interviewed for the documentary version of 'Queen of the world'.


In a video obtained by People, she revealed that she preferred not to shake hands with the members of the public. She admitted that while others, like Prince Charles and his sons, did it, she didn't think it was necessary. 

The Queen's daughter explained that the tradition came about because since it was not possible to shake everyone's hands, it seemed more polite not to do it at all.


Sure sounds like a lot of thought and planning go into the process of the royals interacting with the public. But we have to give them a hand, they do make it all look so natural.

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