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Monday, December 17, 2007


Royals often have extravagant vacations, extending from the pristine beaches of the West Indies to the scallop powdery mountains of Austria and Switzerland for traditional skiing. They often do this as a breather from their hectic royal engagements. When they are traveling, the monarch and heirs should not be together in the same flight.

In 1983, the tension in the court of England was intense when the 22-year-old Princess of Wales, Diana insisted that she would take Prince William on their extended tours to Australia and New Zealand with Prince Charles, the hazard of the two heirs traveling terrified the courtiers, but Diana wrangled, so the Queen agreed, but that was only once. Today, Prince Charles, Prince William and the Queen never share the same transportation facilities when traveling.

When taking tour abroad, royal family members always have one suitcase for mourning dress in case a family member died during a trip. When the heir to the throne is travelling outside the country, he/she has one suitcase for documents of Accession declaration incase the monarch died at home.

This was the case in February 1952, when the then Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh were both in Kenya for a holiday. several days after they left, King George VI died in his sleep in Sandringham estate. Princess Elizabeth's private secretary took the documents and swore the new sovereign before them in a private room of the hotel. She was the first monarch after George I who was not at home in the time of her accession.

Royals did not carry cash, or own a credit cards or pay their own bills. Their finances are managed by the head of their household taking from their civil list allotment. Their toddlers usually never joined in the formal dining area during meals but on the nursery with the nannies. They call their snack time as "Tea Break". They told to wear hats in public (for females only).

In England, values and graciousness are often the standard protocol among elites including the way they wear clothes. For gentlemen part of their lifestyle is shooting and are often lived in country estate and they call themselves "Squire". All British Kings were proud to call themselves "Proper Country Squiremen" and aristocrats judged those who don't know the country life as "morons".

George VI was a very conscious man who was too pre-occupied with his clothes than on his games mused by his father George V. In 1946 when Prince Philip was still courting Princess Elizabeth, the King was aghast when Philip did not know what plus four is all about. Plus four is a trouser wore on hunting and shooting, it is 4 inches longer than ordinary knickerbockers. In Britain a man without tweeds or plus fours is a man without breeding.

Prince Charles when visiting Scotland always wear a full tartan garb because he is the colonel-in-chief of the gordons of scotland. Tartan garb consist of knee highsocks, plaid kilt and leather sporran.

1 comment:

subhash said...

royal life styal is real intersting life .

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