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Why Queen Elizabeth never seemed to be without her handbag

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Queen Elizabeth II, in full Elizabeth Alexandra Mary, lived a distinctive lifestyle, always seen travelling with a purse for both personal and professional duties.

Her handbag had multiple purposes, and it always contained a portable hook.

The Queen used her bag to send signals to her staff. If she set it on the table for dinner, it meant that she wanted to end the event in the next five minutes.

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Queen Elizabeth II handbags had multiple purposes, and it always contained a portable hook. [File: Courtesy]

When she puts her bag on the floor, it is a sign that she’s not into the conversation and wants to be rescued by her lady-in-waiting.

However, everything will be fine if she hangs the bag on the retractable hook under the table.

The sole owner of swans in the United Kingdom

Legally, the Queen is the exclusive owner of all swans in the United Kingdom, including the unlabeled mute swans.

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This is a part of a royal custom that dates back to 1186.

Swans were exceedingly valuable at the time, hence stealing swan eggs was against the law during Henry VIII’s reign as king.

All the eggs had to be counted to make sure none were stolen, a tradition known as “swan-upping”.

A team rows through the Thames each year to assess the condition of the birds.

Queen Elizabeth stylist

She wouldn’t risk getting blisters when she bought new shoes. The Queen had a servant with the same-sized feet who broke in her shoes.

Her shoes have to be immediately comfortable. She can never say “I am uncomfortable, I can’t walk anymore” during a royal occasion.

Her shoes have to be immediately comfortable. She can never say “I am uncomfortable, I can’t walk anymore” during a royal occasion. [File: Courtesy]

To break in the shoes and soften the leather, the servants wear cotton ankle socks and walk on the carpet.

The longest-reigning British monarch will be laid to rest next to her late husband Prince Philip at the King George VI memorial chapel at Windsor Castle.

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