The Royals are just like us, right? Well, yes and no. The royal life comes with numerous perks, rules and the laws are kind of blurry when it comes to being part of the family.
From sushi to passports, here are some strange things you most likely didn’t know about the British Royals.
The Queen has two birthdays
Her Majesty gets to have two exact same birthday parties each year.
Technically, one is the celebration of her date of birth in April. The second is a celebration of the coronation, and this event is known as Trooping of The Color Parade.
It’s kind of cool having two celebrations in your honor, so we think about implementing similar laws in our lives.
Last names are optional
Until 1917 the Royals didn’t even have a last name. They were known by the house, dynasty they belonged in.
They still have no obligations to use their last name, which is Mountbatten-Windsor. Rather, they go by their titles and names.
No hugging, please
The Royals don’t hug. Queen Elizabeth II doesn’t allow her subjects to touch her, but she did make one exception not that long ago.
When the Obamas visited the UK, the Queen initiated a hug with former FLOTUS, Michelle Obama. And it was a big deal!
The royals are advised to travel separately
Though a royal family member can insist on traveling with their family, that is not recommended.
The whole idea is to preserve the bloodline, so if something happens to an heir, the next one in the succession line would take over.
Prince William started traveling separately from his father and brother when he was 12. Today, Prince William and his wife, Duchess of Cambridge, have special permission from the Queen to travel together and not separate their young children while traveling.
Prince Diana broke the royal residence schooling
Every member of the Royal family received education from the royal residents.
Lady Diana decided to enroll Prince William and Prince Harry into private school, thus breaking a thousand-year-long tradition. However, it is an experience we are sure the Princes wouldn’t change because they got to taste of the real world.
The Queen doesn’t need a driver’s license
Her Majesty worked as a mechanic during WWII, so it’s not like she is not experienced with cars. However, there is no need to carry a license or even to have one at all.
Imagine someone telling the Queen that she needs to retake her driving test. Of with their heads!
The Royals owe you nothing
The Freedom of Information Act grants public access to information held by public authorities.
However, the Royals are not seen as part of the authority. That’s why they don’t have to reveal anything about their business, employees, salaries,…
Taxes? What taxes?
Similarly, the Royals don’t have to pay taxes. The Queen makes voluntary payments, and so does Prince Charles.
It’s not like the IRS is going to come and knock on their doors.
The Queen owns all the heirs to the throne
Queen Elizabeth has custody of all heirs to the throne. But it doesn’t end there.
She also has custody over the grandchildren, so Prince William and the Dutchess are raising their children, but they better not do anything to upset the Queen.
Also, that is why Lady Diana’s sons could not live with her after divorcing Prince Charles.
No one is above the law unless they are Her Majesty
The Queen has Sovereign Immunity. It simply means that you cannot charge her within any criminal or civil investigations.
Luckily, it doesn’t seem that she is much of a law-breaker. The Queen likes to follow the law to show good faith and lead by example.
The Royals must not give autographs
It is actually the law: the Royals are prohibited from giving their autographs, and when Prince Charles did it back in 2010, it was quite the scandal.
To be fair, Prince of Wales gave his signature to a young flood victim from Cornwall. It was a way to brighten up the youngster’s day and show that the Royals are human, despite what conspiracy theories say.
Passports are for regular folks
Like with driver’s licenses, there is no need for the Royals to carry on passports with them.
Today, the Queen is the only member who most likely doesn’t even have one. After all, her face is imprinted on currencies in over 35 states, so it’s not like she is unrecognizable.
Never eat sushi in front of the Queen
If you don’t want to end up in a tower, do not eat sushi while you are near HRH Queen Elizabeth II.
She hates the idea of eating raw fish since it might not be the healthiest (or safest) choice.
Yet, Prince Charles, his son, Prince William, and his wife, Kate, are quite fond of it. They simply hide away from the Queen when they want to have traditional Japanese cuisine.
Jury duty is not part of the Royal vocabulary
The Queen and those closest to the Crown don’t have to deal with an annoyance called jury duty.
After learning that they don’t need a driver’s license or a passport, this comes as no shock at all.
Speed limits are for regular folks
The Road Traffic Regulation Act in the UK states that police, fire, special enforcement, and ambulances can break the speed limit for obvious reasons.
And since the police escort always follows the Royals around, they don’t have to worry about getting stuck in traffic or being late due to some strange law we, mere mortals, call the speed limit.
Platform shoes: not while SHE is around
The Queen hates wedges, platforms, pretty much the essence of female footwear for the summer.
It’s not against the law. Just leave your platform espadrilles at home when you are heading for your tea party with Elizabeth II.
And there you go. You probably heard about the Royal protocol, and you know that you should not wear black during the day unless you are in mourning. Also, once the Queen is done with her meal, so are you.
There is a whole new language only the Queen, her handbag and her security understand.
Greeting even inside the Royal family is still a puzzle. We tried watching TheCrown, thinking it will make it all clear. It did not.
Those little yet significant ways the Royals live their lives are part of what makes them fascinating. That and like thousands of years of tradition, the mysteries, castles, outfits, jewels,… To name a few things.