She can send subtle messages to her staff to let them know what she’s thinking

We can all agree that the Queen has impeccable style. Every tailored coat and skirt suit comes with an enviable selection of matching accessories.

But as it turns out, the Queen’s accessories are never just a fashion statement. They also serve a far more important and practical use.

Royal historian Hugo Vickers told People magazine that the monarch uses her handbag to send signals to her staff indicating when she’s ready to end a chat.

The Queen’s secret signals explained:

If she shifts her bag from one hand to the other, it is a sign that she’s ready to move on from the current conversation.

Meanwhile, if she places her bag on a table, it’s a five-minute warning to her ladies-in-waiting telling them that she’s ready to leave an event.

And if the Queen twists her wedding ring, watch out! It means that she requires an immediate extraction from the conversation.

Trust Her Majesty to have multi-functioning accessories. We are simply in awe!

For official meetings at Buckingham Palace, the Queen also wears a discreet buzzer. This is used to give staff signals to open doors and accompany guests out.

Vickers assured People that staff are very adept at handling the Queen’s requests subtly:

“It would be done very nicely. Someone would come along and say, ‘Sir, the Archbishop of Canterbury would very much like to meet you’.”

Kate’s handbag trick:

It turns out that the Queen isn’t the only royal to use their handbag to manage social situations. Kate has learnt her own tricks of the trade!

The Duchess of Cambridge reportedly holds her clutch bag in front of her with both hands in order to avoid awkward handshakes. READ MORE HERE!


Words: Annie Simon