If you come from a family as old as the British royal family, it's not too much of a surprise that there will be centuries of traditions, customs, and rules put in place that are still adhered to today. Some of these make sense and are rooted in history, but others are very specific and just plain weird.
From their very particular eating habits to their way of dressing to some rather dark customs that have lasted through the ages, the following list showcases the weirdest rules the royal family has to follow.
Monopoly Is Off Limits
Another rule that's probably less of a rule considering the Hasbro board games didn't exist in Elizabethan or Victorian times, is that Monopoly is forbidden. While it's hard to imagine this being enforced, there's something about the game that clearly rubs the English monarchy the wrong way.
Prince Andrew, the son of Queen Elizabeth II, was at a public event some years back and was presented with Monopoly. He apparently said, "We're not allowed to play Monopoly at home. It gets too vicious." Perhaps a game where one competes over money and property hits too close to home.
Garlic Isn't Allowed In Buckingham Palace
The Queen apparently dislikes garlic so much that it's not allowed in the Buckingham Palace kitchen. It's just a rumor, but one that has been substantiated by two former royal chefs.
"We can never serve anything with garlic or too much onions," chef Darren McGrady told RecipesPlus. "We also couldn't serve meat that was rare, as she liked her meat more well done."
And McGrady isn't the only one to have taken note. John Higgens, another chef who has cooked inside the Palace, told the National Post, "The Queen is a wonderful lady, the royal family are wonderful people but they’re missing out on garlic because at Buckingham Palace you don’t cook with garlic. I suppose, in case you get the royal burp,"
They Replace Hats With Tiaras After 6 PM
Although tiaras and wild hats have long been markers of royal fashion, you probably didn't realize that behind these trends there are specific rules. One, for example, is that after 6 PM women are supposed to change out of their hats (generally the fascinator style, which is quite popular for royal events) and put on tiaras at public events.
According to Grant Harrold, who is referred to in the UK as the Royal Butler, this custom has a history. "For married ladies it was a sign of status and would show you were taken and not looking for a husband," he told the BBC. "For the gentleman it was a clear sign not to make advances toward the lady in question."
When The Queen Stops Eating, You Stop Eating
There are probably several hundred dining rules to be remembered by those who have the pleasure and privilege of eating with the royal family. One major one involves keeping track of the Queen. The moment she stops eating you need to stop too.
The rule goes back to the era of Queen Victoria, a notoriously fast eater. She allegedly could go through a seven course meal in half an hour, which probably didn't make things too easy for those dining alongside her. Had competitive eating contests existed back then, and had she deigned to participate, Victoria could probably have easily wiped the floor with the competition.