This Is What The Queen’s Handbag Is Really Used For

No, it's not just for storing Werther's Originals...

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by Danielle Fowler |

Just take a moment to imagine the pressure of meeting Her Majesty.

What would do you talk about? How will you know if she is enjoying your chatter about her corgis' unusual names or if she is offended as you persistently enquire as to if she misses Prince Harry?

Let’s be frank, the Queen’s slight (admittedly rare) smile isn’t exactly a great indicator of what’s on her mind...

But we're in luck, as royal historian Hugo Vickers has revealed to People the tell-tale signs to look out for when in conversation with Her Majesty.

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FYI, the Queen is not happy with you if she places her handbag on the floor ©Getty

And it turns out that her handbag is for more than simply keeping her lipstick and compact mirror safe.

These are the secret signals you need to look out for if you’re ever invited for afternoon tea at Buckingham Palace...

Look out for when she switches her bag from one hand to the other

Rule number one. When the Queen is tired of your conversational attempts, she will pass her dainty handbag from one hand to the other. This is to signal to her staff that she would like help on closing the conversation, pronto.

Royal historian Hugo Vickers told People: “It would be very worrying if you were talking to the Queen and saw the handbag move from one hand to the other.”

But there will be no hard feelings as he adds, “It would be done very nicely. Someone would come along and say, ‘Sir, the Archbishop of Canterbury would very much like to meet you.” Sneaky.

You’re in trouble if she twizzles her wedding ring

If the Queen is planning on making a quick getaway, she will make the dramatic gesture of spinning her ring. This indicates to her staff that she would like to be moved along.

If she places her handbag on the table you have five minutes to convince her to stay

We’ve all been there. There’s nothing worse than wanting to escape a poorly turned out party or awkward after-work drinks with colleagues you don’t wish to spend time with out of hours.

But the Queen needn’t pretend she needs to wash her hair or take an ‘emergency’ call, as she simply places her handbag on the table. This signals to her staff that she would like to leave in the next five minutes. Oh, to be royalty for just one day.

If she places her handbag on the floor you’re in trouble

Now if the Queen requires a rather brisk getaway, you’ll notice her place her handbag on the floor. This signals to staff that she would like to be escorted away immediately. FYI, if this happens you've probably crossed a line.

Now to sit and wait for our invitation to Buckingham Palace...

READ MORE: Why Did Princess Diana Call Her Handbags 'Cleavage Clutches'?

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