Wednesday, May 22

6 Odd Royal Family Rules That Left Us Puzzled

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The whole world is interested in Elizabeth II and her family’s life. They create fashion trends and establish good manners. It seems that mass media notices their every step. But some aspects are still unclear to us ordinary people.

5 Fun Facts wants to answer some popular questions about The British Royal Family that we all have probably wondered about.

6. Why don’t Kate and William hold hands?

There’s no official rule that prohibits holding hands. Nevertheless, the British Royal Family follows strict etiquette that doesn’t allow royal representatives to express their feelings. So Kate and William don’t hold hands, kiss, or cuddle in public. They’re the next heirs to the throne and have to behave appropriately as not to disgrace the Queen.

As for Meghan and Harry, they often hold hands and cuddle. They don’t have to follow the royal rules as they’re 6th in the line of succession to the British throne so their behavior isn’t that crucial.

5. Why does the Queen always wear bright clothes?

Queen Elizabeth II always wears bright outfits and it’s not because she loves bright colors. According to the British family rules, the queen should always stand out in a crowd so that people are able to say, “I saw the Queen.”

The Queen also wears black clothing but only during mourning ceremonies.

4. Why don’t royal family members use surnames?

As of today, The Royal Family is so famous that it doesn’t need a surname to be recognized. Traditionally, all British monarchs used to use their names and titles only. By the way, they do have a surname: it’s Mountbatten-Windsor.

3. Why do royal members carry clutch bags exclusively?

The royal dress code applies to accessories as well. Kate and Meghan have to carry a small bag with them. This bag should allow them to shake hands or avoid doing so (like if the clutch bag is held with both hands). What’s more, is a clutch bag is used to avoid awkward situations. For example, they can use their bag to cover their decolletage while getting out of a car.

2. Why doesn’t the Queen want to give up the throne in favor of someone younger?

According to royal rules, the power is transferred to another family member if a current monarch dies or abdicates the throne. The Queen claims that if she’s still alive at 95, her duties will be transferred to her son Charles. Though many people think Elizabeth II should “retire”, the 92-year-old Queen is safe and sound and attends all significant meetings and events.

1. Why does Prince George always wear shorts?

According to tradition, shorts are an essential piece of clothes for boys. So, regardless of the season, Prince George should always wear shorts. Boys start wearing pants at age 8.

Bonus: Why did Prince Harry and Meghan Markle marry so quickly?

Before Harry met Meghan, he was in a long-term relationship with Chelsy Davy. But the British monarch didn’t propose to her. So people were really surprised when Harry and Meghan announced their engagement after 6 months of dating. This situation has several explanations.

First, it’s said that they were in a hurry since Prince Philip wasn’t feeling well. The family wanted him to see his grandson’s wedding with his own eyes.

Second, British weddings are usually held in spring as the Queen celebrates her birthday in June and goes to Scotland in August and stays there till October.

But 5 Fun Facts supports the third theory that says the main reason is true love.

Do you have any other questions about The British Royal Family that puzzle you? Leave them down in the comments!

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