20 Most Bonkers Rules That The Royal Family Is Strictly Required To Follow

20 Most Bonkers Rules That The Royal Family Is Strictly Required To Follow

From not eating garlic to not playing Monopoly, there are some weird rules that the members of the royal family must follow.

Cover Image Source: Queen Elizabeth II during a visit to The Royal Australian Air Force Memorial on March 31, 2021 near Egham, England. (Photo by Steve Reigate - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Following Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's "bombshell" tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey, one thing is clear: Being a part of the British Royal family is not all about a fairy-tale-like lifestyle as most of us thought it would be. With the titles and tiaras come stringent etiquette that the Windsors have to adhere to. While it may seem ridiculous for us common folks, these traditions are what distinguishes us from the royal family and they sure plan on following them. Below are 20 of the most bonkers rules that Her Majesty and her royal family must follow:

1. The Royal Family Must Accept Every Gift Graciously

No matter the contents, every royal member has to accept the gifts they receive. It is then up to Queen Elizabeth to decide who gets to keep which present. 

2. Prince Philip Has To Walk A Few Steps Behind The Queen

It's her Majesty who heads the family and thus even her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, cannot walk beside her. Instead, Prince Philip is required to walk a few steps behind her out of respect for her title.


3. They Have to Follow A Strict Dress Code

As a member of the Royal family, one is required to dress modestly and forget about wearing overtly casual clothing when one is out. (No even sweatpants!) 

4. All Members Travel With An All-Black Ensemble Always

You can never be too prepared, especially if you are a member of the Royal Family. Apparently, they all have to carry respectable all-black outfits while traveling in case of sudden death and a moment's notice funeral. 


5. No One Simply Pop The Big Question

Per the Royal Marriages Act of 1772, all royal descendants are required to seek the monarch's approval before proposing to someone. 

6. No Politics In Buckingham Palace

The Royal family is not allowed to participate in any political event or even express their opinion on political matters openly. They cannot even vote and always keep a neutral stance.


7. Two Heirs Cannot Fly Together

This rule is established simply to make sure there's someone to take on the reign in case one of them is in some tragic accident. For example, Prince George is third in line to the throne after his father Prince William, and grandfather Prince Charles. When he turns 12 he will be required to fly separately from his father. 

8. The Queen Is Not Permitted To Sit On A Foreign Throne

Not even if it's the Iron Throne from the fantasy drama television series Game Of Thrones


9. PDA Is A Big No-No

Future monarchs are expected to keep their hands to themselves and although there no formal law prohibiting them from doing so, the royal family intends on maintaining it. This is why we seldom see Prince William and Kate Middleton holding hands or kissing in public; meanwhile, Harry and Meghan weren't under the same pressure.


10. They Have To Be Discreet While Leaving The Table

If a royal has to use the restroom in the middle of a meal, they don't announce it and instead, say "Excuse me."

11. When Her Majesty Stands, You Follow Suit

You also have to wait until the Queen sits to take your seat. 


12. No Autographs Or Selfies

Members of the royal family are prohibited from signing autographs, so don't be offended if they don't.

13. Married Woman In The Royal Family Wear Tiaras

If you aren't married, no tiara for you.


14. They Hardly Ever Eat Shellfish Or Garlic

It is not a requirement but is certainly a wise rule for many royals to avoid the likelihood of food poisoning. As for garlic, it "is banned from being included in foods eaten by royal family members. With many meetings between official visitors, it is thought to be advised against to prevent any awkward bad breath," according to Sunday Express

15. When The Queen's Done Eating, You Are Too

Sorry, no seconds when you're dining with royalty.


16. The Royals Are Not Allowed To Play Monopoly

The Duke of York revealed that they are forbidden from playing the board game in the royal household as "it gets too vicious," according to The Telegraph.

17. Wedding Gowns Should Get The Queen's Approval

Basically, her Majesty has to say yes to the dress. It is something she has done for her granddaughters-in-law Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle.


18. The Queen Will Signal When She's Done With A Conversation

If she moves her purse from her left arm to her right, you know it's time to zip it. Also, no one should touch her purse as she uses it to send non-verbal signals to her staff.

19. The Royals Are Encouraged To Bow And Curtsy

Although the British Monarch says there are "no obligatory codes of behavior when meeting the queen or a member of the Royal Family," it also revealed that many prefer observing the traditional form. Men usually engage in a neck bow and woman, a small curtsy. 


20. They Are Not Allowed To Speak Without Permission

Meghan Markle revealed that she was "silenced" by the royal family. "Everyone in my world was given very clear directive—from the moment the world knew Harry and I were dating—to always say, ‘No comment.’ I would do anything they told me to do," Markle said. 

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