QUEEN ELIZABETH II is the epitome of royal etiquette, and often a shining example for members of the Royal Family. But why would the Queen never excuse herself to the “toilet”?
As part of being a Royal Family member, there are guidelines for nearly every situation – from exiting a car to meeting members of the public.
The Queen herself has her own secret guide for her staff – involving her handbag.
With her handbag – which the monarch carries everywhere – signals are issued to staff to signify how she feels in a certain situation.
According to royal experts, if the Queen places her handbag on the table at dinner, it reportedly means she wants the meal to end within the next five minutes.
One of these, according to royal experts, is “toilet”.
Royal etiquette expert Myka Meier explained if the Queen needs to use the facilities it would never be referred to as the “toilet”, “bathroom” or “ladies”.
Instead, the Queen would be going to the “lavatory”.
Below are three more bizarre rules the Royal Family have to follow.
1. After 6pm, hats must be changed for tiaras
At public events, after 6pm women are ideally required to take off their hat or fascinator and instead wear a tiara.
According to the former royal butler for Prince Charles and his wife Camilla and other senior members of the Royal family, this custom is tied to history.
Royal Butler Grant Harrold told the BBC: “For married ladies, it was a sign of status and would show you were taken and not looking for a husband.
“For the gentleman, it was a clear sign not to make advances toward the lady in question.”
2. Bridal bouquets must contain myrtle
This royal wedding tradition dates back to Princess Victoria, and sees all royal brides carry at least one sprig of myrtle in their bridal bouquet.
Myrtle is a plant which symbolises hope and love. Every royal bride, The Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex included, have followed the tradition.
3. Royal dietary restrictions
There are two big noes when it comes to royal dining and they are shellfish and garlic.
Shellfish is not permitted as it is seen as a food which could be likely to cause food poisoning and allergic reactions.
The Queen is also reportedly not a fan of garlic, and so the ingredient is not included in any preparations for dinners she both attends and hosts.
Two former royal chefs confirmed this, with one chef Darren McGrady telling RecipesPlus: “We can never serve anything with garlic or too much onions.
“We also couldn’t serve meat that was rare, as she liked her meat more well done.”
John Higgens, another chef who has cooked for the Royal Family, told the National Post: “The Queen is a wonderful lady, the Royal Family are wonderful people but they’re missing out on garlic because at Buckingham Palace you don’t cook with garlic. I suppose, in case you get the royal burp.”