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Elizabeth II Has A Mechanical Arm That She Is So Delighted About. Does The Queen Use It For The Intended Purpose?

Date October 2, 2018

Although Elizabeth II is 92 years old, she still appears in public quite often, fulfilling a number of duties. Her work schedule is no longer as intense as it used to be, since she gradually delegates some of her functions to the younger relatives, but the monarch still copes with the ceremonial role.

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Most of the British don’t remember Elizabeth’s predecessor, King George VI. Moreover, she is the longest reigning monarch in the history of Great Britain and is already perpetuated as its peculiar symbol. During the official events, Elizabeth II always welcomes her fans with a graceful wave of her hand.

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Even though this wave may seem unremarkable, it requires certain skills and compliance with the notorious protocol of the British royalty, as it epitomizes power and control. The royal expert Victoria Arbiter described the way it should be performed: the hand should be raised vertically at a certain angle, the movement is made only by the wrist. Due to its brevity, the greeting looks majestic and doesn’t distract attention from what is happening around the monarch. Depending on the format of the event, the time during which Elizabeth II must keep her hand in the air varies. However, over the years this simple action began to cost her more energy. Luckily, creative students from Australia came to the rescue.

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The Queen visited this country a few years earlier as part of the tour around the Commonwealth. During this trip, a group of Australian students presented the monarch with a rather audacious, as it might seem, object – a mechanical arm, which repeats Elizabeth’s movements. It is equipped with a wooden base and a glove with a dense filler.

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Princess Anne revealed the fact that the Queen’s collection of original souvenirs includes this useful item, during the filming of the latest documentary Queen of the World. Moreover, she mentioned that Her Majesty liked this toy very much and even used it to play tricks on her relatives.

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It isn’t known for sure whether Elizabeth used her “third hand” for the intended purpose. Moreover, it would be difficult to notice since the monarch practically doesn’t appear in public without the white gloves by Cornelia James. If we assume that when creating the gift for the Queen, students used a similar accessory, then it would be only possible to catch Elizabeth II red-handed through a handshake.

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An interesting fact: until 1970, it was impossible to exchange a tactile greeting with the Queen or one of her relatives, because it was prohibited by the rules of the protocol. Becoming more and more popular, Elizabeth felt the importance of a personal touch in relations with the public and softened some of the rules. Her grandchildren and daughters-in-law often greet people around with a handshake. Only one person, Princess Anne, doesn’t do this: she can’t greet everyone personally, so she prefers to avoid doing it.

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Hardly anyone would have thought that strict Elizabeth would like the artificial mechanical arm and even use it for practical jokes. Perhaps, even some of you have received similar gifts at least once in your lives, haven't you? Do you have any funny stories related to them? Share your experience in the comments.

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