Sometimes other people’s habits and actions make us smile and we might think about how weird this person probably is. But thanks to these little idiosyncrasies we are each different, unique, and funny. Queen Elizabeth II is no exception. She also has a few weird and quirky habits.
We at Bright Side put together a few curious facts about the queen. Some of her habits have logical explanations, while others just make her a charming person with her own peculiarities.
1. She never travels without her own personal pack of blood.
There is always the queen’s medical practitioner among the people accompanying her on her trips. The doctor is responsible for knowing the location of all nearby hospitals in the cities that they visit. She also has to carry a bulky medical bag containing a mobile defibrillator and emergency medicine.
Apart from that, the doctor also has Queen Elizabeth’s personal pack of blood which will be used for a transfusion if necessary.
2. She prohibits open windows.
Not all of them of course, just certain windows in Buckingham Palace. The point is that the building should look perfect from the outside. Opening windows from its front side can ruin the view. That’s why the windows there can be opened only at a certain hour.
Journalist Paul Burrell from the Daily Mirror wrote about it in his articles. He managed to get employed as a servant in the palace using forged documents which gave him the opportunity to write a series of articles about the royal family’s private life. This ended in court in 2003 when the Daily Mirror was accused of violating the privacy of the royal family.
3. She hates ice cubes.
Queen Elizabeth II hates the sound of ice cubes inside her glass. At the same time, she finds the sound of ice balls much more musical, so that’s what she uses to cool her drinks.
They say it was Prince Philip who invented a special machine that makes spherical ice specifically for his wife.
4. She carries a portable hook in her bag.
You won’t find habitual things like money or a wallet in the queen’s bag, but you can definitely find one strange object in there. Can you guess what it’s for?
It turns out that the queen attaches this hook under tables to hang her bag on it. This is important because she sends signals to her servants with her bag. For example, if the bag is on the floor it’s a sign that Queen Elizabeth II wants to leave. But the bag hanging on the hook means nothing, the queen just feels more comfortable this way.
5. She isn’t fond of beards or bow ties.
Do you think that beards and mustaches are masculine? Well, Queen Elizabeth II finds them irritating. This is why the men from her close circle are all clean-shaven. The only exception is her favorite grandson Prince Harry, though she tried to change that.
The queen isn’t fond of waistcoats and bow ties either, though not all of them but just the fake bow ties which she can detect in a matter of seconds.
6. She has numbers for all of her outfits.
Each queen’s outfit has its number and a certain record in a special journal which says where and when she wore this exact outfit. Since the queen prefers bright colors and a classic style in her clothing, the outfits can easily be mixed up. And it’s improper for her to show up in the same outfit or in the same color 2 times in a row.
7. She never eats soup and potatoes.
Of course, these dishes are served in Buckingham Palace but when the queen has dinner alone no one would dare to bring her soup. As for potatoes, it’s not that she doesn’t like them, she just prefers to avoid starch in her diet.
8. She loves raspberries but never eats them in public.
Raspberries are one of the queen’s favorite fruits but she can’t eat them in public because their seeds can get stuck in teeth which is unacceptable. Blackberries are also prohibited at official receptions while in cucumbers and tomatoes all seeds are be removed beforehand.
9. She has a special servant to break her shoes in.
A special female servant with the same shoe size as the queen breaks her new shoes in for her. Although Elizabeth II has preferred similar shoes of the same brand for many years, she still doesn’t want to experience the discomfort that new shoes usually bring.
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