ROYAL LIFE is awash with rules and traditions, from royal events to everyday life. But what are the five rules senior royals must follow?
Royal Family members have to negotiate a wealth of royal protocol in their everyday lives, with traditions dating back hundreds of years. Rules can range from the foods The Firm eats, to the way they travel. While these may feel second nature to royals now, they may seem odd to the average person.
Here are the five rules senior royals must follow
1. Some food is off the menu
Royal dining can be extravagant and lavish, but when it comes to eating with royals there are some foods not permitted.
The Queen has banned two specific foods – shellfish and garlic.
Queen Elizabeth II rules: The FIVE rules senior royals must follow – or else (Image: GETTY)
Shellfish is not permitted as it’s viewed as something which could be likely to cause food poisoning and allergic reactions.
The Queen is also not a fan of garlic, and this means the ingredient is left out of all preparations for dinners that she both attends and hosts.
Two former royal chefs confirmed this, with one chef Darren McGrady telling RecipesPlus: “We can never serve anything with garlic or too much onions.
“We also couldn’t serve meat that was rare, as she liked her meat more well done.”
John Higgens, another chef who has cooked for the Royal Family, told the National Post: “The Queen is a wonderful lady, the royal family are wonderful people but they’re missing out on garlic because at Buckingham Palace you don’t cook with garlic. I suppose, in case you get the royal burp.”
Queen Elizabeth II rules: Prince Philip must walk a few steps behind the Queen (Image: GETTY)
Queen Elizabeth II rules: Royal events call for tiaras after 6pm (Image: GETTY)
2. You must stop eating once the Queen has finished
As head of the Royal Family, unsurprisingly there are rules to follow when it comes to the monarch.
Everyone in the Queens’ presence is required to rise when the Queen is standing, or when she enters or exits a room.
You must also finish eating once Her Majesty has finished eating.
Prince Philip must also follow behind his wife by a few steps due to royal protocol.
3. Heirs travel apart
This rule is in place in order to preserve the line to the throne – two heirs are not allowed to travel together.
In recent times, Prince William and Kate have made the decision to break royal tradition and travel with their children.
However, this could end come George’s 12th birthday, as he and William will likely be required to fly separately.
William does not travel directly with his father Prince Charles for this reason.
Queen Elizabeth II rules: Heirs cannot travel together, however Prince William often breaks this rule (Image: GETTY)
4. Royal events call for hats and then at a specific time – tiaras
Hats must be worn to all royal events, but after 6pm women are supposed to change their hats or fascinator and instead put on a tiara at public events.
According to Royal Butler Grant Harrold, who has been a butler for Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall and other senior members of the Royal family for several years, this custom has a history.
Mr Harrold told the BBC: “For married ladies, it was a sign of status and would show you were taken and not looking for a husband.
“For the gentleman, it was a clear sign not to make advances toward the lady in question.”
5. No autographs or selfies
Royal Family members are not supposed to take selfies with members of the public nor give their autograph.
Doing so would mean turning your back on a royal as well as being in close proximity to royalty which is seen as a security risk.
Reportedly, when Prince Charles is asked for his autograph, he responds with “Sorry, they don’t allow me to do that.”
When Meghan Markle first stepped out in public after her engagement to Prince Harry was announced, the Duchess of Sussex had to turn down a selfie request.
She told the fan who had asked: “We’re not allowed to do selfies.”
However, in 2010 Prince Charles once broke royal rules and gave his signature to victims of a flood in Cornwall.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK