15 Unbelievably Strict Rules The Royal Family Have To Follow

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They’re no Kardashians. We might be secretly loving the whole Khloe Kardashian and Jordyn Woods drama, but there’s a set of celebrities who live in a whole other world. Their lineage stretches back hundreds of years, their status runs via a bloodline, and they’re called The Royal Family.

From a British person, you have it on good authority– the Royals are a giant deal. Meghan Markle’s arrival into the family may have overshadowed Kate Middleton’s presence, but let’s remember that 23 million people tuned in to watch Kate and Will tie the knot. A staggering 1.9 billion people watched Meghan and Prince Harry’s wedding, Economic Times reports.

Fancy outfits. Fancy food. Always meeting various heads of states. The life of a Royal may seem glam (and those kids are born with silver spoons in their mouths) but make no mistake, the rulebook that comes with this family makes Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ wedding look like a picnic in the park.

There’s a rule for tea-drinking. There’s a rule for cup holding. Whether it’s how they travel, what they wear, or when and where they must stand in Her Majesty The Queen’s presence, every aspect of this family is gripped by the biggest set of rules ever.

Kourtney Kardashian might ban her kids from gluten and dairy. Travis Scott may ban Stormi from TV. For the Royals, it isn’t a set of self-imposed rules. You don’t follow? You’re out. Here are 15 unbelievably strict rules that must be followed by the British Royal Family.


Two Heirs Can’t Fly On The Same Plane

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Celebs on private jets? Literally, a dime a dozen. The Rock updates his Instagram with his private jet sushi feasts. JLO and A-Rod jet around the world together on her private plane. Everyone from the Kardashians to Gal Gadot has been spotted boarding a private plane, but these celebs can bring the family with them. As The Sun reports, two heirs to the throne cannot share a flight.

In 2014, Prince William and Kate Middleton received permission to take baby Prince George on a flight to Australia. It’s the first time the “heirs” rule has ever been broken.

The newspaper reports that the Queen “relaxed” the rule to allow this young couple and their son to fly together. The basis for the rule is simple. It’s called a family who lives in crippling fear that the lineage to the monarchy could be jeopardized.


If The Queen Stops Eating, So Does Everyone Else

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Gourmet food is a given with this family. Whether they’re home in London’s Buckingham Palace or flying around the world, the catering will be top-notch. Eating it is less easy-going, though. As Business Insider reports, a rule imposed on the entire family sees the Queen have the final say on when everyone eats.

“The prince forgot to watch what the queen did—instead, he popped the grapes into his finger bowl, then some cherries, then when the cream and sugar came out, he poured them in too, making a kind of fruit soup. I was standing behind the queen looking horrified.”

This quote comes from the family’s former royal butler, Paul Burrell. The rule is simple. If the Queen stops chewing, so do you. The media outlet also reports that nobody can even sit at the dinner table before the Queen takes her seat.


Monopoly Is Banned

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Games are kind of a family thing. For some, it’s getting out the Wii. For others, it’s playing World of Warcraft. The latter might be a fave in Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher’s house, but don’t plan on much gaming under the Royal roof. One board game, in particular, is banned.

In 2008, Prince Andrew was presented with a Monopoly game, as The Telegraph reports. He explained why the much-loved board game simply isn’t allowed in the family. “We’re not allowed to play Monopoly at home. It gets too vicious,” he said.

To be fair, it’s unlikely that this family have the time of day to be buying properties for paper money. They already own half the properties in England (and they’ve definitely got the money). Still, if you’re a Royal, this game is off-limits.


You Must Sit In The “Duchess Slant”

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If you’ve seen pics of Meghan Markle or Kate Middleton sitting down, you might have spotted a pattern. We’ve given you a pic as a reminder. Basically, it’s knees together, and legs neatly slanted in what is known as “the Duchess slant.” As Vogue reports:

“The Duchess Slant is where one sits, lays their leg across the other from knee to ankle and only crosses the ankles, saving one from any flashing mishaps. Markle, on the other hand, crossed her legs above the knee.”

The magazine outlined that this “zig-zag” pose was named after Kate Middleton (who is now a Duchess), but that the position itself goes way back. “Typically ‘the Duchess Slant’ is used when a lady has to sit for an extended amount of time while keeping poise and posture,” an etiquette expert told People.


Hats Must Be Worn For Formal Occasions

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You might have noticed a slight change in Meghan Markle’s style as she went from Hollywood Suits actress to Royal wife. Her long, brown hair mostly comes in a neat bun (and it’s often topped by a hat). Royal protocol comes with a strict dress sense, and it comes with two words– “smart” and “modest.”

“Up until the 1950s, ladies were very seldom seen without a hat as it was not considered ‘the thing’ for ladies to show their hair in public,” BBC reports. The media outlet did, however, add: “But all that has changed and hats are now reserved for more formal occasions.”

If it’s a state occasion or official appearance, you will 100% see a hat from the ladies. The Queen is barely seen without one regardless of the situation. For the 30-something wives, fashion trends are null and void. You wear a hat.


Enter Rooms In Order Of Succession To The Throne

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“Did you notice this moment at Buckingham Palace yesterday?” Harper’s Bazaar asked in 2019. It was the basis for an entire article devoted to the order in which the Royal Family must walk when entering rooms. Unlike the Kardashians, where “ranking” comes by popularity and Instagram followings, this family is controlled by the order in which they were born.

“A true order of precedence really only takes shape at state and diplomatic events.” Prince William is “ahead” of his brother, Harry in order to the throne. That means he walks first.

As the magazine reports: “Harry did not need to stop and look at the items as William did because William will one day be Prince of Wales.” They’re minor details that the public barely notices, but the rules are set in stone.


Shellfish Bans On The Entire Family

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Cardi B recently posted a silent Instagram video of herself. The entire clip revolves around the rapper eating shellfish on a private jet (and managing it with long nails). Not a perk that the Royal Family will ever enjoy. As Business Insider reports, shellfish is strictly off-limits, and there’s a very specific reason.

Shellfish comes with a “higher risk of food poisoning” than most other foods. The royal entourage “likes progress to run smoothly, free from the disruptions of gastronomic indisposition.”

As BBC also reports, the family-wide ban applies both at home and abroad. With a fear of illness or death, the Royals are also advised against drinking tap water in foreign countries or eating any overly spicy food. Lunch and dinner might be tricky, but gauging by the Queen’s daily Corn Flakes breakfast, morning eats shouldn’t be too much of a problem.


Can’t Travel Without Emergency Funeral Clothing

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Kim Kardashian packs multiple spare outfits. It’s called wanting multiple outfit changes for before and after her West Hollywood dinner. Pack their backsides off the Kardashians may, but it’s a different story when the Royals travel. As Harper’s Bazaar reports, this family must always prepare for a wake.

“In 1952, the Queen was in Kenya with Prince Philip when they heard the news that her father had sadly passed away. She hadn’t brought a black dress with her on the trip, meaning she had to wait on the plane for one to be delivered, so that she didn’t arrive in the country wearing unsuitable clothing.”

The magazine quotes this as the reason why all members must, without fail, pack an “all-black” outfit when traveling. If the worst happens, they can be prepared to dress in the required, somber way for the funeral.


State Occasion? You Ride Around In This

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It basically looks like something out of Disney. The Gold State Coach is an 8-horse-drawn, gold-plated carriage that was first commissioned in 1760. It has, as Regency History reports: “Three cherubs representing the guardian spirits of England, Scotland and Ireland, supporting the Royal Crown, and holding the Sceptre, the Sword of State and the Ensign of the Knighthood in their hands.” It’s also not very comfortable.

The Queen herself has called it “not very comfortable”. She called her ride in the Gold State Coach a “horrible” experience.

As The Guardian reports, the Queen herself has stated that riding around in the Gold State Coach is a nightmare. “It’s only sprung on leather,” she said, recalling having to ride inside it for her coronation. It’s a rarity to actually need to ride the Coach, but when an occasion requires it, there’s no way out.


Basically, This Whenever You’re Around The Queen

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It might look like a joke, but it isn’t one. Put it this way– British people are so freaked out by what to do should they ever meet the Queen, the UK government actually has website guidelines on what to do. As Business Insider reports, everybody must bow or curtsy to the Queen. Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle are included.

“Order of Precedence dictated that Middleton should curtsy to “blood princesses” — Princesses Anne, Alexandra, Beatrice, and Eugenie,” The Telegraph states. “Because they were born into the royal family and Middleton married into it, they outrank her.”

Talk about a mouthful. The word that we honed in on was “rank.” Regular celebs might get “ranked” by us, but in the Royal Family, the lineage dictates the rank. Born four years later? You’re another notch down the rank.


No Selfies, No Social Media

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Meghan Markle’s past is basically forgotten now that she’s rocking a Royal bump. The news that another Royal baby is due is out-doing every other celeb pregnancy around, but life was once more ordinary for Meghan. The Suits actress was your average Hollywood celeb. She had an Instagram account, she posted yoga pics in bikinis, and the selfies were definitely there. The entire account was shut down shortly before Meghan married Prince Harry. Marie Claire reports:

“Flattery and criticism run through the same filter.” Meghan actually found it “freeing” to be rid of social media.

The Royal Family has official social media accounts. They’re mostly state visit updates. No selfies, no skimpy outfits, no licking ice-creams. Meghan’s fans were pretty sad that her social media got axed, but it’s all part of joining the family.


The Royal Wardrobe: You Stick To It

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Goodbye, cut-off shorts. Hello, modest dresses and court shoes. The minute Meghan Markle became engaged to Prince Harry, her entire wardrobe underwent the biggest revamp ever. The Royal Family must abide by a dress code that’s smart and modest, although the odd occasion will let them wear jeans with a smart jacket.

It goes way further than long skirts and decent necklines. Only “natural-looking nails” are allowed at formal events.

As Cosmopolitan reports, the rules and regs for what the Royals wear literally know no bounds. “Usually they will try to pay a compliment to their host country or state by including a national bird, flower, or color, for instance, into an outfit,” a source told In Style. They’re undeniably stylish, but fittings aren’t “pick and choose.”


Sip Tea With Hands In The “3 O’Clock Position”

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Tea might be a British phenomenon, but most Brits don’t need to worry about how they hold their mug. They park themselves on the couch, grab the remote, and how they drink their tea really isn’t a problem. Enter Royal protocol, as Harper’s Bazaar reports:

“Tea cups are held in a specific manner, pinching the top of the handle with your thumb and index finger, and placing your middle finger to support the bottom of the handle. The handle of the cup should always be kept at 3 o’clock.”

Literally, wow. Here we were, thinking that Kate Middleton can sip tea any way she likes. The magazine further reports that women must try to sip from the same part of the cup each time to avoid lipstick stains. This is no Big Gulp.


The Queen Doesn’t Need A Passport (Or Driver’s License)

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This one is straight-up weird (and also kind of awesome). The Queen doesn’t have a passport. Why? Because she’s the one who issues them. A British passport reads: “Her Britannic Majesty’s Secretary of State requests and requires in the name of Her Majesty all those whom it may concern to allow the bearer to pass freely without let or hindrance.”

The Queen also doesn’t have a driver’s license or license plates on her vehicles. While her husband, Prince Phillip recently handed his in following a vehicle accident, the Queen continues to drive.

If you weren’t aware, the Queen’s name features on basically everything in the UK. The IRS? That’s HRMC (Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs). The prison system? HRM Prisons (Her Royal Majesty’s Prisons). Yup, it’s all hers.



No Public Displays Of Affection

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There’s basically one exception to this rule. It’s called a wedding kiss. Both Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton managed to break the internet with theirs, but beyond that, the rules are strict. Married you might be, but don’t count on flaunting your romance like Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin. People reported a body language expert saying:

“Senior members of the royal family would likely not be told how to interact or when they can or cannot show PDA and would be trusted to use their better judgment as to when it’s appropriate.”

No kissing. No intimate hugs. Kanye West might grab Kim’s behind, but he’d be kicked out the Royal Family for doing it.

Nothing about these people is ordinary. Hit share on Facebook for anyone who might not have been aware– being a Royal isn’t what it’s cracked up to be.

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