How The Queen Uses Her Handbag To Send Secret Signals To Her Staff!
Every family has secrets. Especially when your family is one of the most famous families in the world. This makes your secrets a lot more important to protect.
We now have Royal historian Hugo Vickers to thank for revealing some secrets that you could never have imagined! Not just her handbag the Queen uses a few other everyday objects to send clear signs that only the staff knows about.
Hugo Vickers reveals that shifting her bag from one hand to the other is an indication the royal is ready to end a chat. He further went on to reveal that it would be done nicely.
'It would be done very nicely. Someone would come along and say, "Sir, the Archbishop of Canterbury would very much like to meet you". This is not the end though, there are a few more secret signals.
According to Vickers, if the Queen is particularly keen to exit the conversation she will make the more significant gesture of twisting her ring as a sign to staff to intervene.
Such a small gesture might not even be noticed by who she's talking to, but her staff has been taught to keep their eyes peeled for the signal at all times.
Leaving Her Bag
The Queen will place her bag on a table at events to signal that she's ready to leave.
The bag placement is a five minute warning to her ladies-in-waiting that she's ready to leave.
That's not all each of her Launer handbags is customised with longer handles so they don't get in the way when shaking hands. It's been said her handbag always contains practical essentials like mints, a handkerchief, and a fountain pen.
While taking official meetings at Buckingham Palace she has the use of a discreet buzzer that gives staff the nod to open the doors and accompany the guest out. I guess we all knew this last one, or at least imagined it.
Here is something that you probably did not imagine, the Queen is not the only one who makes her handbag more than just an accessory to complement her outfit. The Duchess of Cambridge always carries a clutch bag in front of her. We wonder what secrets she is hiding.
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