Royal Code: Signals The Queen Sends Her Staff Explained

Queen Elizabeth II is the gold standard of manners. She seems to be a unique person with impeccable knowledge of etiquette rules. Pretty much the only time she was late, she arrived at one of the official meetings with a delay of 10 minutes when she learned she’d become a grandmother. It was November 15, 1977, when Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips had their firstborn, Peter. She probably has encountered awkward or uncomfortable situations, but how does the monarch keep managing to get out of them with dignity and grace? The answer is simple: she communicated with her assistants with the help of a secret system of signs.

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A handbag is an indispensable accessory of Queen Elizabeth’s style. In it, she keeps all the necessary small things she may need, but this is not its only function. It turns out that with the help of this elegant accessory the Queen lets her staff know what she is thinking.

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Almost all the time the reigning monarch carries her handbag in the left hand. This is not only a matter of convenience. When she switches the bag to her right hand, she lets her staff know that she is not comfortable with what is going on, and some of them take appropriate measure within the protocol.

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Elizabeth II doesn’t part with her favored accessory even on ceremonial occasions. As soon as the bag is on a table, her staff members know that the Queen is ready to leave in a few minutes.

And finally, if the bag is put on the floor, this means that the Queen is bored and doesn’t see any point in what is happening.

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The second ever-present element of her look is gloves. On the one hand, her look would be incomplete without them. On the other hand, this is a measure of security and hygiene, as Elizabeth II often shakes hands with all sorts of people.

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However, sometimes she takes off the gloves to send another secret signal to her staff. Elizabeth II hardly ever leaves for engagement ring Prince Philip presented to her more than 70 years ago. Twisting it on her finger she signals to stop the conversation or change its subject.

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After the recent meeting between Elizabeth II and Donald and Melania Trump, many people started to believe that she uses other accessories to send ciphered messages. Public attention was especially focused on brooches she wore during the 3-day visit of the American Presidential couple. On the first day, Elizabeth II chose an adornment presented to her by Barack and Michelle Obama, Trumps’ predecessors. On the second – a diamond brooch, which the Queen Mother wore to her husband’s funeral. And, finally, on the third day, the Queen put on a present from Canadian leaders.

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By the way, Elizabeth II is not the only representative of the royal family who uses these signals. Kate Middleton often holds her clutch or a bouquet in front of herself with both hands to avoid an unpleasant or awkward handshake.

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To avoid a lengthy and pointless dialogue, Duke of Edinburgh makes a special movement, asks a polite question and continues on his way. Prince Charles prefers short jokes to conclude a conversation.

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Meghan Markle and Harry often use secret signals to remind each other of their mutual affection and support. They have a peculiar short look followed by a smile and a playful touch to a hand.

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Royal family members should be immaculately polite and composed on the public. However, with these simple clues, they can always rely on each other and their staff. Come to think of it, there is some sort of a signaling system in every family, isn’t there?

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