Since she doesn't need to carry cash, cheques, credit cards or car keys, royal watchers have for decades been intrigued about just what Queen Elizabeth II carries in the sizable bags that she is rarely seen without. As it turns out - a lot.[Agencies]
Since she doesn't need to carry cash, cheques, credit cards or car keys, royal watchers have for decades been intrigued about just what Queen Elizabeth II carries in the sizable bags that she is rarely seen without. As it turns out - a lot.
In their book 'What's In The Queen's Handbag: And Other Royal Secrets', Phil Dampier and Ashley Walton give a look into what all the Queen carries around.
And, they say that it's not only wat's inside the monarch's bags that is significant, but the bag itself, for she uses it to communicate with her staff in a very subtle manner.
According to the authors, one thing that can always be found in the Queen's handbags is an S-shaped metal meat hook that she places on the dinner table's edge to suspend her bag from so that it doesn't touch the floor.
Also to be found inside is a collection of good luck charms, including miniature dogs, horses, saddles and horsewhips - most of them gifts from her children, reports the Daily Express. Family photos are also present, the most treasured of which is a snap of Prince Andrew, from when he returned from the Falklands in 1982.
Also ever present is the metal make-up case, made by Prince Philip and presented to her as a wedding gift 60 years ago.
And if there's still room in the bag she happens to be carrying, the Queen slips in a camera to take snaps to add to her private collection.
Dampier and Walton also reveal the other uses of the monarch's bag.
Before dining with the Queen, a point is made to inform guests that dinner will end in about five minutes after she places her bag on the table top.
On walk-abouts, she holds the bag to one side to show she intends to move on, at which point a lady-in-waiting joins the conversation, allowing her to slip away without causing offence.
When at a banquet, if the Queen's bag is placed on the floor, then it's a sign that she's not finding the conversation interesting, and wants nothing more than to escape. However, if the royal bag is dangling happily from the crook of her left arm, she is happy and relaxed.
'What's In The Queen's Handbag: And Other Royal Secrets' will be published on October 15 in the UK.
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