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The Weirdest Rules The Royal Family Has To Follow 

Eric Eidelstein
Updated September 5, 2019 46.4k votes 9.9k voters 903.6k views 15 items

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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.

Garlic Isn't Allowed In Buckingham Palace
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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."

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Monopoly Is Off Limits
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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.

According to the Telegraph, 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. 

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They Replace Hats With Tiaras After 6 PM
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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."

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The Queen Uses Her Handbag For More Than Just Carrying Things
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While some of us have codes with our friends and family when we want to get out of a specific situation, the Queen has a method that's a lot more on the record. She is often spotted, in public, carrying around her handbag, and while we may never know what's actually in the bag, we do have ideas about its other uses.

The Queen is said to use her bag to send secret codes. If she puts her bag on the table at dinner it means she wants the event she's attending to end in the next five minutes. If she puts it on the floor it means she's dissatisfied with the conversation, and she wants her lady-in-waiting to get her out of the bind. 

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