10 Strange Things Most Of The People Ignore About The Royals

There are so many things we love about the royal family. They have incredible fashion, meaningful relationships, and of course, lavish weddings, but just like every other family, there are a lot of strange things going on that most people don’t talk about in polite company.

We take a look at some of the weird ways the royal family live.

1. The royal family are considered to be morbid

Many of us have a family member of advanced age. They are usually happy to remind us that they could shuffle off the mortal coil at any moment, but for members of the royal family, they need to be prepared to attend a funeral with very little notice. While the rest of us try to remember our toothbrush when we go on vacation, royal family members need to pack an all-black outfit to bring along. Even the children need to have an appropriate mourning outfit at all times. Just in case something happens, and they lose a family member. If the unthinkable happens, they’ll need to wear their mourning clothes upon returning home. Because apparently, we would all judge them if they stepped off the plane still in their vacation clothing.

We can’t tell whether this rule is more practical or depressing because it’s a bit of both. It did happen once in 1952 when the queen visited Kenya, and her father, George VI passed away. She had to wait on the plane until a suitable outfit could be brought for her to change into. In addition to this bummer of a tradition, royal heirs aren’t supposed to travel together in the same vehicle or airplane. This ensures that if something goes wrong and a tragedy occurs, there will still be a family member in succession for the throne. However, in recent years, this rule seems to have relaxed a little.

2. They are very colorful

Considering so many of the things the royal family does can be called “lavish”, you might be surprised that there is one area in which they go really cheap: their nail polish. In fact, the queen swears by Essie $8 nail polish in the color “Ballet Slippers”. It’s the only polish deemed good enough to grace her royal fingernails. Kate Middleton also loves Essie polish, in the color “Allure”. There are actually fashion rules that members of the royal family have to follow, and there is even one about nail polish. They need to choose simple, light, natural shades only.

You won’t ever see any of the royal women wearing bright red nails! However, when it comes to her clothing, that’s where the queen prefers to go bright. She’s even remarked that if she went out wearing beige colors, nobody would recognize her. Somehow, we highly doubt that, but we do love her brightly colored outfits. Members of the royal family prefer to dress in vivid colors, so they stand out in the crowd. Which means, their outfits have to be bright, but their nails must be muted. Strange rules, but whatever works for the royal family.

3. The queen loves her cake

There is a saying, “Let them eat cake”, and this is a quote wrongfully attributed to Marie Antoinette, but apparently, it’s Queen Elizabeth II who has a frankly weird thing about cake. We all love a delicious slice of cake, but none of us more so than the queen. Her former personal chef has dished that Her Majesty is absolutely obsessed with chocolate biscuit cake. She isn’t content with just a slice; once a cake is baked, she has to have the whole thing, over a period of time of course. In addition to packing up a mourning outfit, she also makes sure to bring a slice of cake with her when she travels.

Even if she’s only going out for the day, she packs a slice of her favorite cake to take with her.  The kitchen staff is forbidden from tossing even the tiniest sliver, as the queen wants to make sure she gets every last bite of it. She’s been known to have the senior chef accompany her on trips, along with a slice of her favorite cake. There are some other foods the queen is very particular about as well. She enjoys bananas, but cuts them up into tiny bits and eats them with a fork. She consumes her pears by cutting off the top and scooping out the insides with a spoon.

4. They don't have last names

Do you know what Prince William’s last name is? Don’t worry; it was a trick question since the royal family doesn’t have surnames. One of those things that seem obvious when you think about it, but most of us never noticed. So, when Prince George registered for school, what did they write his name as? Technically, he’s known as The House Mountbatten-Winsor, but they don’t ever call themselves that. When Prince William and Prince Harry attended school, they went by the names William Wales and Harry Wales. The last name of a royal child comes from the title of his or her father, and their father, Charles, is the Prince of Wales because William is known as the Duke of Cambridge.

So, that is the last name that George uses at school: George Cambridge. If you found that confusing, we have some more news to get you scratching your head. We’ve only touched on a brief history of the complexing and strange history of the royal surnames. In 1917, King George V decided that the official family surname would be “Windsor”, after Windsor Castle, but when Queen Elizabeth II married Prince Philip, she decided to give her offspring the name “Mountbatten Windsor”. However, none of them use it because they don’t have to. Instead, many favor their family’s territorial designation.

5. The queen loves her drinks

If one of us commoners confessed to having four alcoholic beverages per day, it might raise a few eyebrows. However, when the queen does so, it just sounds classy. According to former employees, the queen enjoys a total of four cocktails throughout the day. Her first drink of the day is a mixture of Gin, and Dubonnet, which is a type of sweet wine-based aperitif. She has this with a slice of lemon, and plenty of ice. This classy concoction is served to her shortly before she sits down to take her royal lunch.

Then, along with her lunch, she has her second drink of the day. For this cocktail, she enjoys a dry Gin Martini, and of course, no meal served to the queen would be complete without a slice of her favorite chocolate cake, and a glass of wine to pair it with. She waits a while for her final drink of alcohol for the day before heading to bed. Her nightcap is a sparkling glass of champagne. Since the queen is so particular about her food, it’s no surprise that she’s picky about her drinks as well.

6. Prince Harry doesn't use his first name

We have already mentioned the strangeness of royal surnames, but even their first names are weird in many cases. This one is sure to blow you away… The lovable Prince Harry’s first name is actually Henry. Yes, that’s right, his full name is Henry Charles Albert David. Few people were aware of this, and when his engagement announcement made its rounds, many people thought someone had made a royal mistake. Apparently, Harry is just a nickname that he earned in childhood that stuck.

This is especially strange, considering that it’s so similar to his actual first name. The royal family has a history of nicknaming royal Henry’s “Harry”, no matter how strange it may seem to us commoners. It appears that Meghan Markle will fit right in, since her name isn’t actually Meghan. Her real first name is actually Rachel. Yes, that’s her real name. Her full name is Rachel Meghan Markle, but she prefers to go by her middle name. We find it strange that these two would both prefer to swap out their perfectly normal first names.

7. Corgis are the favorite royal pet

Having a relative who fusses a bit too much on their pets is something most families have to deal with. However, few have the resources to spoil their four-legged friends the way that the queen does. It’s no secret that the queen loves Corgis; she’s had over 30 since becoming the queen in 1952. Her breed of choice is the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, and she believes that they deserve a pampered lifestyle. She got her first Corgi when she was 18-years-old, and named the dog Susan. She was so precious to the queen that she even accompanied her on her honeymoon with Prince Philip. At one point, she experiences a tumultuous time when her beloved dogs couldn’t get along with one another.

The queen consulted a dog psychologist to find out what the matter was. Yes, apparently those are a thing, who was thankfully able to tame the wild beasts. While servants feed the queen, no one but Queen Elizabeth II herself can feed her precious pups, and they eat from silver trays instead of doggie bowls. Their menu changes so that the dogs get to enjoy a variety of different proteins, including beef, duck, and chicken. That sound delicious! At times, the dogs were even treated to freshly caught rabbits, courtesy of the mighty hunters, Prince William and Harry.

8. Clothing colors

We know the royal family has to wear certain colors, but what about their other clothing related rules? Former Buckingham Palace employee, Brian Hoey, wrote a book called Not in front of the Corgis, exposing some of the strange things the royal family does behind closed doors. In particular, he couldn’t help but notice that Prince Charles doesn’t bother himself with such ordinary things as tending to his own clothing. He has three valets to attend to his clothes and has never even bothered to undress. Also, he prefers to wear the tie of the organization or military establishment that he’s visiting.

So, if he’s going out for the day, he brings a valet with several ties so that he can change. If you thought being a personalized tie chauffeur was a silly job, his valets also have to iron his shoelaces when the prince removes his shoes. Have you ever heard of laces being ironed, and have you ever wondered what the royal family does with their clothes when they’re done wearing them? The queen generously gives it to her staff members, who may wear it themselves, or sell it for profit. The only catch is that they must remove all the labels, so it can’t be identified as once belonging to the queen.

9. Party planning

It’s no secret that the royal family loves entertaining guests, but they go to quite some lengths to please their company. In 2001, Barack and Michelle Obama visited Buckingham Palace, and saying the staff paid attention to detail was an understatement. Although the former president and his wife only stayed for two days, palace officials wanted to make sure they were as comfortable as possible. They even found out what type of toilet paper the Obamas preferred, taking into consideration thickness, consistency, and color. They also made sure to have their favorite flowers on hand and learned how they like to have their beds made.

The royal family also has their own rather bizarre party trick. There is a corner of the White Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace where there is a full-sized mirror. At parties, an employee stands by it, and when given a signal, he presses a button. As soon as it’s pushed, the mirror swings open, revealing the royal family, who has been standing there, waiting for the right time. That’s not at all creepy, right? Apparently, the royal family just hang out in the royal closet, pregaming with their favorite drinks until it’s time to arrive fashionably late to their own party.

10. No need for identification

You would think that one of the perks of being a member of the royal family would be not having to drive yourself around. Queen Elizabeth II can, and does drive on occasion, despite not having a driver’s license. It might sound when picturing the queen driving around, but she has been doing so since she was a teen. During World War II she trained as a driver and mechanic, and had to rebuild and drive many ambulances and trucks. Now, she is the only person in the UK who doesn’t need a driver’s license to get around, and her car doesn’t require a license plate.

When King Abdullah from Saudi Arabia visited in 1988, she socked him by insisting on driving him around. Since women in Saudi Arabia aren’t allowed to drive, this might have seemed incredibly scandalous! In addition to not needing a license, the queen also doesn’t need a passport to travel. After all, passports are issued in her name, so it seems strange to issue yourself a passport. If you thought that was something, she is also immune from being prosecuted under U.K. Law. Not having to stand in line at the DMV, or worry about breaking laws are some pretty perks of being a Queen.

We hope you enjoyed this inside scoop of the royal family gossip as much as we loved sharing it with you. Remember to share this with your friends and family, and keep up-to-date with us for more interesting hidden facts about the royal family. 

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