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Facts About The Royal Family That Sound Made Up - But Aren’t

October 12, 2020 3.2k votes 430 voters 18.3k views14 items

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Every family has its quirks - but the weird secrets of the British royal family (which usually end up not being so secret) just might take the cake. Most families don't have crowns, palaces, and titles, but even though the royal family lives under a microscope, they've managed to slip a few surprises past the general public. Like the time a princess snuck out of the palace to do the conga. 

These weird royal family facts sound completely made up, but they're all true.

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    One Leader Called The Queen Mother The Most Dangerous Woman In Europe

    The Queen Mother, who married into royalty when she wed King George VI, was known as the "Smiling Duchess" thanks to her positive spirit. But not everyone appreciated the Queen Mother. In fact, Hitler called her "the most dangerous woman in Europe" because of her resistance during WWII.

    When the conflict broke out, British officials warned the Queen Mother to evacuate her children to Canada, but she refused. "The children will not leave unless I do. I shall not leave unless their father does, and the king will not leave the country in any circumstances whatsoever."

    The royal family stayed in Britain throughout the conflict, even surviving a German bombing raid that struck Buckingham Palace.

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    Queen Elizabeth II Snuck Out Of Buckingham Palace To Celebrate The End Of WWII

    Queen Elizabeth II Snuck Out Of Buckingham Palace To Celebrate The End Of WWII
    Photo: Mrjspence / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0

    Queen Elizabeth II was still a teenager when she snuck out of Buckingham Palace to celebrate the Allied victory in WWII. During the conflict, Princess Elizabeth drove trucks and served as a mechanic. And when V-E Day took place in May 1945, Elizabeth didn't want to miss out on the celebration.

    The queen's younger sister Margaret, only 14 years old, suggested escaping the palace to join the crowd outside. With their parents' permission, the sisters rushed from the palace after dinner. King George VI even wrote in his diary, "Poor darlings, they have never had any fun yet."

    Once the princesses left the palace, they joined the revelers in dancing and doing the conga through the Ritz Hotel.

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    Queen Elizabeth II Travels With A Bag Of Her Own Blood

    Queen Elizabeth II Travels With A Bag Of Her Own Blood
    Photo: Archives New Zealand / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 2.0

    The royal family doesn't take any risks when its members travel. That's why Queen Elizabeth II brings along a bag of her own blood when she takes trips.

    According to British journalist Duncan Larcombe, "If it’s the queen on tour, the royal physician is with them with a bag full of their own blood." In case of emergency, the queen will be prepared for an emergency transfusion, no matter where she is in the world.

    Queen Elizabeth II isn't the only modern monarch who stashes blood in her carry-on. Prince Charles and Prince William also travel with bags of blood. 

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    Princess Diana Was A Nanny Before She Became Royalty

    Princess Diana Was A Nanny Before She Became Royalty
    Photo: Tim Graham / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0

    Princess Diana was only 20 years old when she married Prince Charles. But the princess had a career before joining the royal family: She was a nanny.

    In 1980, Diana worked as a nanny for Mary Robertson, an American working in London. She washed dishes, ran loads of laundry, and took care of a toddler named Patrick. "She was wonderful with my child," Robertson said

    At first, Robertson didn't realize that her nanny was an aristocrat dating the heir to the throne. But one day, Robertson found a bank deposit slip that read "Lady Diana Spencer," with the name of the royal family's bank. When Robertson asked Diana about it, she simply shrugged and continued caring for Patrick.

    In addition to watching Patrick three days a week, Diana also worked at a nursery school. 

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