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

Updated December 9, 2020 4.6k votes 618 voters 26.0k 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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    Princess Diana Refused To Wear Chanel Because The 'Double C' Logo Reminded Her Of Charles And Camilla

    Chanel might be one of the most chic fashion labels in the world, but Princess Diana refused to wear anything with the Chanel logo. That's because it reminded Diana of the names "Charles and Camilla."

    In 1996, directly after her divorce from Prince Charles, Diana confided in designer Jayson Brundson that she couldn't wear Chanel. Brundson recalled:

    She came out holding, like, handfuls of shoes and bags and just dumped them all down on the couch, then said, "What do you think?" So I went through them all and I found a pair of Chanel shoes and I said, "Well, these would look great with the Versace." And she said, "No, I can’t wear linked C's, the double C." So I asked why, and she said, "It’s Camilla and Charles."

    The affair between Charles and Camilla reportedly led to the royal couple's divorce. For Diana, it was too painful to see the linked C's of the Chanel logo. 

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    Princess Diana's Engagement Ring Came From A Catalog

    In 1981, Prince Charles and Princess Diana caused a royal scandal when they got engaged. The stunning sapphire engagement ring that Diana wore came from a catalog

    Princess Diana personally chose the ring from Garrard. Decorated with 14 diamonds set in a white gold setting, the ring cost $60,000. The design reminded the princess of her mother's ring, and Garrard turned to Queen Victoria's wedding brooch for inspiration. 

    But the royal family didn't approve of the catalog ring. Rumors swirled that Princess Diana's in-laws didn't want commoners to buy identical rings. 

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    Queen Elizabeth II Has Two Birthdays

    Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her birthday on April 21, then holds another birthday celebration in June. Why does the queen have two birthdays?

    The tradition dates back to 1748, when King George II wasn't happy about his November birthday. Instead of celebrating in warm weather, George was stuck with a dreary day. So the king simply moved his birthday celebration to June.

    Since then, every monarch has held a public celebration of their birth in June, while also celebrating privately on their actual birthday. 

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    The Royal Family Weighs Holiday Guests To Make Sure They're Well Fed

    The royal family cares about hospitality. In fact, on Christmas Day, it's a royal tradition for guests to step on an antique scale at Sandringham (the queen's country estate) before and after the meal.

    The strange tradition started during the reign of King Edward VII in the early 20th century. Since then, members of the royal family and their guests weigh themselves to make sure they have eaten well during the holiday festivities.

    In 2018, when Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and her mother Doria Ragland visited Sandringham for Christmas, they reportedly participated in the tradition. 

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