50 Things You Didn’t Know About the British Royal Family
Everyone in the British royal family has his or her own quirks, habits, and secrets that you didn’t know.
Queen Elizabeth II travels with supplies of her own blood
The queen travels with her royal Navy doctor everywhere, but not without her own bag of blood, too. This is typical if she travels to a place where the blood supply is questionable. Learn 15 more royal family travel secrets you never knew.
Every trip calls for an all-black outfit
When King George VI died while then-Princess Elizabeth was in Kenya in 1952, she didn’t have an all-black outfit handy to signify her mourning. A dress had to be delivered to her plane when she arrived back in the United Kingdom for her to change into before she came out. Now, the Queen (and the rest of the royal family) never flies without an all-black ensemble.
The Queen never travels alone
Along with her royal doctor, the Queen travels with 34 people, including a private secretary, a hairdresser, press officers, eight bodyguards, and more. Can you guess the 11 things the Queen never travels without?
No crust for the Queen
Queen Elizabeth II enjoys a tuna sandwich every now and then, but with the crust cut off, of course.
Don’t forget the travel kettle
To make sure her favorite afternoon Earl Grey tea is made just right, the Queen takes her monogrammed kettle with her on worldwide trips. Sausages from Harrods are packed when traveling, too. Find out the 9 foods Queen Elizabeth never eats.
A Queen’s skirt never flies up
As the Queen descends from any royal aircraft, you can be assured that the wind will never blow her skirt up. That’s because all of the Queen’s skirts are weighted. As for the rest of the family, here are the 10 dress code rules everyone in the royal family must follow.
The royals BYOB
On trips abroad, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall have their police bodyguard carry a bag of their favorite drinks—gin and tonic for him, and red wine for her.
They work hard to preserve the lineage
Back when flying was risky, the royals never let two royal heirs travel together. In case of a fatal accident, the lineage was protected. In case you’re confused, here’s a list of who’s next in the line of succession to the British throne.
Princes Harry and William love American fast food
When Harry and William were young, Princess Diana asked their family chef to cancel lunch for her sons because they wanted to get McDonald’s. Here are some other bizarre eating habits of the royal family.