Lately, the chancellor of the Exchequer of the United Kingdom announced that Civil List will be abolished in 2013 and the royal family would be receiving an all-in-one payment in the form of Sovereign Support Grant, other people claimed this as a signal for Prince Charles to participate more on politics matters which is viewed as threatening because royals should be above politics.
Royal family members never carry cash or credit/debit card, their expenses are managed by the masters of their household which draw finances from the civil list. The monarch never go shopping, store owners through invitations displayed their products in the palace and the Queen made round of choices starting December first. Her staff received gifts each based on their own choices on the catalog presented to them. The Queen's footmen wrapped each gift and will be handed personally by the Queen and her husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh on Christmas day.
The Prince of Wales, Prince Charles is the most meticulous member of the royal family, he run his household in strictest command, the staff always made sure his standard flown a top of the house when he is in residence (for example at Highgrove). He always make memos as his way of giving instructions and making commands even around the house. He is an environmentalist and greatly adored architecture. He personally cultivated plants at his garden at Highgrove Estate, a sprawling countryside property he bought before his marriage to Diana, Princess of Wales in 1981. He strongly advocates organic farming and regularly take Wheatgrass as part of his healthy routine.
The royal family called their snack break as "tea break", usually butlers and chefs prepared a smoked salmon sandwich and tea for royals' snacks. Often times, each member of the royal family called themselves with their style and not by name. Queen Elizabeth referred her husband to staff as "His Royal Highness", Prince Charles always referred Diana "Her Royal Highness" (even after their divorce) when talking to other people and staff, but Diana in contrast always called Charles as "hubby" or "C".
The royal family loved hunting, when at Sandringham or Balmoral, they frequently organized fox or goose hunting with other family members or invited guests. They wore tartan and kilt when at Scotland and wore plus fours when hunting. Vacuum and other sweeping electronic devices are strictly prohibited to be used in the palace before 9:00 am because the royal family simply hated the sound of these machines.