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The One Day Of The Week That The Queen Carries Cash

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How is the Queen like a millennial? No, we aren't talking in riddles. A trail-blazing fondness for millennial pink aside, our ruler is famously averse to carrying cash. Royals – they’re just like us, though the Queen’s rationale probably stems from the fact that she’s the ruler of the United Kingdom (and her face is on the stuff) rather than an over-reliance on contactless cards and Apple Pay…

There is, however, one day of the week when the Queen does in fact stash a little paper money into her famous handbag. Royal aficionados will note, of course, that said handbag (her brand of choice is Launer, while the Traviata and aptly named Royale are among her favourite styles) is not only used to carry essentials including reading glasses, mints, lipstick and a fountain pen, but also to send subtle signals to her personal staff: if you’re enjoying a chat with Her Majesty and she places her bag on the floor, it means she wants to be rescued from the pleasures of your company by her ladies in waiting.

The day in question is Sunday, when she packs a five pound note to donate to the church collection. Naturally, it’s not just any old fiver: according to Us Weekly, ‘her butler irons a five pound note into a little square by folding it until you can only see her face.’ Sometimes the amount goes up to £10, but never higher. Why opt for such an intricate folding system? Hearsay has it that the Queen wishes for the value of her donation to remain – quite literally – under wraps, rather than flaunting her spending.

The notes in question are probably dispensed from the royal cash machine, which is operated by the family’s bank of choice Coutts and can be found in the basement of Buckingham Palace. Fancy doesn’t cover it...

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