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The Royal Family does not travel as we do. For most of us, when it comes to preparing for a trip, it basically involves packing clothes, maybe downloading new Kindle books, and making sure we know where our passports are. However, if you're apart of The Royal Family, the prep level is kicked up about 20 notches. Prince William and Kate Midleton are no strangers to jet setting, as well as Prince Harry and Megan Markle who will be embarking on a two-week trip to Africa for two weeks in October with baby Archie, but it still doesn't mean that their travels are any less complicated. It's quite the opposite.
Ever wonder about all the moving parts that go into arranging a trip for the royal family? Of course, they have added assistance in thee huge undertaking, and it's been stated that some trips take up to six months to plan. Between extra security measures, and the protocol that The Royal Family members have to obey, it's a lot. There are specific rules that the royals must abide by and many of them sound more like a restriction to us, but hey that's what comes with being a royal. Check out there 30 traveling rules that The Royal Family must follow.
Protocol for the royals is that when traveling two heirs should never fly on the same flight together. That way the royal lineage is protected. There’s no official rule in place, but if two heirs want to travel together, they first must seek permission from Queen Elizabeth who gets the final say-so on the matter. Prince William was granted permission to bend the rules when his son was just nine months old. 2014 Prince George accompanied his parents on a tour of Australia and New Zealand in 2014. In September 2016 the family all traveled again In September 2016, as a family of four to Canada with Princess Charlotte.
This rule is not an actual rule but more of a precaution. Many of them, including the Queen when traveling, will choose not to eat shellfish or anything other types of seafood to avoid getting food poison or avoid any allergic reactions. The last thing anybody wants is to be sick from shellfish, especially when they’re away from home. Others, like Prince Charles, will happily slurp up an oyster.
With their hectic travel schedules worldwide, a case of food poisoning could totally wreak havoc on the royals, the country they host, and their support staff. Also, beyond shellfish, when traveling aboard the royals are advised to avoid tap water and rare meats to prevent potential hazards.
Even the most glamorous of us like to dress down and be comfortable on a long haul flight. We will let our style go a bit and wear a pair of comfy jeans, and maybe even throw on our favorite yoga or track pants. Well, not William and Kate, or any of the other royals for that matter. The Royal Family travel in style, and always look smart and polished when they reach their destination. When Kate and William travels, she’s either in a long dress or a signature two-piece suit, and the Prince is usually donning a blazer or a suit and a fresh pair of slacks.
The royals don't use personalized Louis Vuitton suitcases or anything like that when they travel they actually have a whole color-coded system and monogrammed system for their luggage. Each family has a color tag to symbolize who the bag belongs to. Prince George's color is baby blue, of course! Those who have caught a peek at the royal luggage has said that Prince William's bag had the letter W with a crown on it. Having your initials on your luggage definitely makes it less likely to get your bags mixed up with someone else's.
As a rule, all members of the British royal family, they must always travel with a black outfit in their luggage. This is so just in case a family member, unfortunately, dies during their foreign travels. The ruse is a saving grace to make sure that the royals are duly dressed when they come back to the United Kingdom from their trip. Its been reported that this rule was instated by Queen Elizabeth II back in 1052 when she was in Kenya with Prince Phillip and had received news that her father, George VI, had passed away. The Queen didn't have a black dress, so when her plane landed, it's been said that tone was taken to her to change in before she came down the steps.
The Royal Family also has a list of specific clothing that they must pack when traveling outside of the United Kingdom. The little boys must have at least five pairs of shorts in different colors in their luggage. If you didn’t know, the boys must wear shorts until they are around the age of nine or so. Doesn’t Prince George look soo adorable in his shorts! Also, the little girls must have “no less than ten barrettes” in their suitcase, and according to articles, the Duchess of Cambridge and Duchess of Sussex must have at least two pairs of beige pumps.
Public displays of affection are frowned for the Royal Family; particularly when they travel. We’ve definitely all seen Prince Harry and Megan Markle break protocol when it comes to this rule. Royals are expected never ever to make those that are from a more conservative culture feel uncomfortable by showing their significant other any signs of public affection. So if you check out the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit to the Taj Mahal in 2016, you’ll now get why their poses were so stoic. However, every now and again, one of the royals will break this rule, but basically, when they are around the Queen, there’s no PDA whatsoever.
When members of the Royal Family with kids travel, they must have a nanny present. They can’t take the children everywhere they go when they are on tours and have work obligations, so the children must be looked after. It’s been reported that Prince Harry and Megan have just hired someone to help on their upcoming tour to Africa. Many of us know that traveling with a six-month-old isn’t easy, especially when you have various daily engagements as they will have. It would be quite difficult to shake hands, receive gifts, and give Baby Archie a bottle at the same.
We're not sure that every single royal does this, but Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall (Camila Parker-Bowles) sometimes when they travel take their own alcohol. They "BYOB" so nobody will have to make them a drink, which means there's no danger of their drinks being spiked. It's been known that their police bodyguard will discreetly carry a bag of their favorite drink-Red wine for her and gin tonic for him. When you think of it, that's not a bad way to travel. You'd definitely wouldn't spend all of your money buying expensive drinks by the pool or be tempted to raid the super expensive minibar.
Whether they are traveling or not, at any given moment the royals must receive all gifts graciously no matter the size. Everywhere the royals go, they are presented with all sorts of gifts from large bouquets of flowers to stuffed animals. In October 2018 when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were on tour in Australia, they received hundreds of stuffed toys. Handmade cards, and posters from fans, and no matter where the Queen visits she’s always given more flowers than you can count. These gifts never stay in their hands for too long and passed to someone in their entourage. The gifts are either kept or donated if they can’t be used.
The Royal Family doesn’t have to wait in long customs lines like the rest of do, but they still all have to have passports and go through an immigration process. Even little Prince George had to get one for his first trip to, and on every single trip, they all have to go through standard custom procedures in each country they visit. The only person that doesn’t require a passport is Queen Elizabeth. She gets special treatment but still has to share her full name, age, nationality, address, birthplace, and gender when she flies in and out of the U.K.
Queen Elizabeth II always travels with her foolproof remedy for jetlag, which is barley sugar. Every time the Queen travels through different time zones, it takes her some time to recover. The mix of barley sugar uses her body’s sugar metabolic pathways to enable her body to adjust itself. After ingesting some of the barley sugar, her body leaps backs to its usual self and cures any fatigue and exhaustion. Barley sugar...Who knew! Next time I travel long distance, I’ll have to carry some of this sugar and see if it works for me like it does the Queen.
When Queen Elizabeth II is traveling aboard and when she is home refuses to eat garlic. The rest of the royals when they are on a royal tour is not allowed to eat garlic or dishes that contain the heart-healthy staple that is known for its super pungent aroma. The flavorful addition is banned because of the bad breath it dishes out, and the Queen doesn’t want anyone, including herself to greet important people with undesired breath. One could imagine how embarrassing that would be having stinky garlic breath when changing hands with a dignitary. According to a report, garlic has been banned from the menu over at Buckingham Palace.
Embracing royals is pretty much off-limits for both respect for their positions and security reasons. Most of the royals when they go on a royal tour will keep some distance between themselves and non-royals. They are usually more formal and will only shake hands with others. However, Megan Markle is quite the opposite and will go right in for hugs. People magazine reported that at an event for International Women’s Day a 10-year-old girl Sophia Richards had told Prince Harry she wants to be an actress, he immediately bought her over to Meet Marke, who hugged the young girl.
Just like celebrities have personal bodyguards, it's just as essential for the royal family to have them as well. The royals usually cause a frenzy wherever they travel to, so at all times, especially while traveling they have to have security personnel in place to make sure that the people around the royals do not seem suspicious. They travel with both a security team and bodyguards at all times. According to reports, The Royal Family has five armed guards with them at all times. When Megan Markle flew to New York City for her baby shower, she had hers in tow to ensure her safety while abroad.
When the British royals fly commercial, they must support their own county and try to fly British Airways. William and Kate back in 2011 experienced the same frustrations of air travel we all do when the plane's in-flight entertainment broke. Don't you hate when that happens?! The Duchess is very accustomed to flying the airline since her mom and dad both worked for BA. In December 2017, Harry and Meghan were spotted on a British Airways flight to Nice, sitting towards the back of the plane by the restrooms.
Packing your own personal blood bag doesn’t make your checklists for trips, but when it comes to the royals, anything is possible. According to reports Queen Elizabeth II and her son Prince Charles will always bring their own bag of blood with them when they travel to countries where the blood supply is questionable. However, in order to even perform a blood transfusion, you would need to have a doctor on deck, which is why there is a Roya; Navy doctor travels with every royal on his or her trip for such emergencies. Us commoners just make sure we travel with a first aid kit and Tylenol.
When royals go out in public whether they are traveling or not once they have a coat on, they are not allowed to take it off until they are in private. If they’re hot, it doesn’t even matter. Once they have it on, it can’t come off for no reasons whatsoever. Basically, they’re committed. For the ladies its deemed unladylike. Even when they are indoors, they must keep it on unless instructed otherwise. That sounds like it would be soo uncomfortable. So if you’ve ever seen a photo and you’re wondering why a member of the royal family has a coat on, and it looks extremely hot; well now you know why!
This next rule sounds a bit weird, but the Queen is one who firmly follows this protocol to the T, as well as her curator and personal stylist Angela Kelly. Why this is a rule for the royals is because just in case there's some kind of wardrobe emergency like stains or spills, they will be able to change quickly during those high-profile events and meetings. It's pretty smart, and it's easy for them to travel with two pairs of the same outfit since they don't have to worry about bringing too much luggage and having to pay checked baggage fees. Lucky!
So when the royals travel, there’s no room at all for spontaneity. Every minute of each day is planned right down to the second. So unlike when we travel, and we want to take a detour, there’s none of that going on when the royal family does. Their aides even carry around a spiral-bound notebook that’s filled with detailed itineraries to stay informed on the day’s events. I bet their days are jammed packed! Many of us might look at these trips as a holiday for the royals, but it seems like they’re doing a lot more of greeting dignitaries and doing way less sightseeing.
Most women, when they are pregnant, are advised to not travel in their third trimester, but Royals, however, are directed to not travel at all during their pregnancies, especially overseas. According to reports, pregnant Royals are encouraged to keep their traveling abroad to a minimum for safety measures.
They're encouraged to stay close to home as much as possible so that if there's an emergency help is more readily available to them. Kate did travel to Norway while she was pregnant with Prince Louis, but she's said to have kept other trips to a minimum. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made a royal visit to Morocco when she was seven months, and reportedly that trip was ok'd by the Queen herself.
Since the Royal Family are representatives of the British monarchy and the United Kingdom, its vital that they all learn the basic greetings in each country’s native language before they travel to them. It’s been reported that the palace aids are always on hand to help each royal prepare before their very important visit. Before the royals visit the country, they also practice the etiquette of the culture or country in order to make sure they will be making the best first impression on their trip. Behind the scenes, there’s a lot of prep that goes on, especially when royal travel to a country they have never been before.
For security reasons, Royals are not allowed to take selfies with fans or sign autographs. They're not allowed to sign autographs because of forgery reasons. When Prince Charles is asked it's said that he simply says "I'm sorry, they don't allow me to do that," however Megan Markle broke the rule when she signed an autograph book that belonged to 10-year-old Caitlin Clark.
When it comes to selfies it's not a total no, but the Queen does not like it when people take them but William, Kate, Harry, and Megan will sometimes take selfies with fans. It's not an all the time thing, but they will take them on occasion.
This rule holds true when the royals are traveling, and even they are not. Anyone who dines together with the Queen must adhere to this one simple rule, which is one must follow Her Majesty's every move. So, if the Queen stops eating, everyone must stop eating at the table. That must be hard if you're still hungry, but the Queen is in charge, so if you ever find yourself sitting at the same table as Queen Elizabeth II you should probably eat at a quick pace just in case she ends up getting through her food rather fast.
This is a rule whether they are traveling or not, but it is vital when traveling. A woman in the royal family must sit with her legs crossed at the knee at all times. Crossing their ankle is fine, but their legs and knees must be kept together. Beaumont Etiquette coined the pose as "the duchess slant" named for the Duchess of Cambridge. Middleton's go-to position when she sits is slanting her legs to the side as she keeps her knees and ankles tightly together. It gives her a modest posture, and the look also makes her legs look longer. It's known that the late Princess Diana sat the same exact way.
When the royals travel their entire squad must follow suit. When Kate visits her personal hairdresser, her private secretary, and the royal nanny is in tow. Others that are expected on the trip include Jason Kanuf, who’s the communications chief to William, Kate, and Harry, press officer Charlotte Poole, senior communications officer Katrina McKeever, and Williams’ private secretary Miguel Head. That’s a lot of people, but when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge travel all of their personnel follows. That sure is a lot of people, but when the royals travel they always travel with their entourage.
When the Royal family is traveling the photographs you see are far from random. Photographer Arthur Edwards is a frequent addition on the royal tours and has the job of capturing the perfect shot. The royal family sometimes brings several photographers with them when they travel. Royal tours are always “choreographed to the minute” with details as small as when the Queen sits down to eat dinner to the very exact moments she gets into a vehicle decided way in advance. Edwards has gone to Southeast Asia with Prince William and Kate, and to New Zealand with Prince Harry to just name a few of his excursions with the royals.