While the royals may look glamorous and enjoy many perks, they also have to abide by some bizarre rules. We've compiled a list of 20 royal regulations that the average person might not understand.
1. Calling Nicknames
Almost everyone has their nickname, even the royals. However, no one can call the Queen "Lizzy," or Catherine Middleton "Kate," or Prince Harry "Henry."
2. Wearing Casual Clothes
The royals are not usually allowed to dress down, for they are the symbol of the country. When they have to wear casual clothes, the male royals need to strictly follow the rules that men should wear collared shirts or blazers, and that females should wear a day dress or pants with a jacket.
3. Saying Toilet
The royal family is very particular about the use of words. The words bathroom and toilet are considered impolite, so the royals usually refer to it as the loo or lavatory.
4. Saying Living Room
Similar to the rule of saying the loo, the royals never use the word living room. The room for family photos and important meetings is the sitting room or drawing-room.
5. Wearing Fur
Wearing fur has been banned by King Edward III since the 14th century. Although the royal family sometimes breaks the rules nowadays, they immediately receive protests from anti-fur activists.
6. Asking For Dessert
No one can say no to sweets, not even the royals. However, they never directly say sweets or dessert but instead euphemistically ask for "pudding."
7. Wearing Pants
Pants are not for young boys and girls in the royal family. They usually wear shorts and dresses until a certain age. It's like we have never seen Prince George and Louis wearing pants, even in the cold weather.
8. Wearing Black
The royals rarely wear black unless for evening events and funerals. However, the Queen asks all royal members to have a black outfit with them during their travels, just in case of any sudden death when they are away.
9. Eating After The Queen Is Done
Stopping eating when the Queen has finished her food is a public rule. As soon as the Queen places her bag on the table, one should put down the knife and fork because the dinner is over.
10. Wearing Untidy Hair
Royal family members are generally not allowed to wear their hair disheveled because it will affect their decent public image. Usually, they are asked to have hairnets, especially during royal engagements.
11. Reprimanding The Dog
When the absolute authority in the family loves dogs, don't think about yelling at them even if they are indeed being naughty. It is the same in the royal family: no one rebukes the corgis, the Queen's favorite.
12. Taking Selfies
Although there's no written rule that selfies are prohibited, the royal family strongly discourages taking selfies with fans. Such an act is seen as disrespectful because they don't want people turning their backs on them.
13. Expressing PDA
The royal family has a clear rule on PDAs. The more formal the event, the less likely people are to see the royal PDA. It makes sense to think of it this way: You don't show off your PDA at a work party; you show it at a friend's holiday party.
14. Eating Shellfish
Shellfish are undoubtedly off the royal menu because they carry a high risk of food poisoning. As a result, the royal members stay clear of shellfish, such as prawns, oysters, and crab. They don't want to have severe reactions to food poisoning, especially on an overseas tour.
15. Signing Autographs
Fans of the royal family shouldn't expect to have an autograph from any of the royal members. Such an autograph ban is intended primarily to prevent forgery. The last thing the royal family needs is someone using their signature to issue a false decree.
16. Wearing A Tiara While Unmarried
According to ancient tradition, one must be a bride or already married to wear a tiara. This explains why Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle have worn tiaras only after they married into the royal family.
17. Eating Pasta, Rice, Or Potatoes For Dinner
People may be surprised that pasta, potatoes, and rice are off the dinner table. It is mainly because the Queen is not a fan of starchy carbs. She prefers grilled veggies and cooked fish for dinner.
18. Traveling Light
Travel light is not an option for royal members, for they have to be prepared for everything. A 10-day tour requires nearly 30 outfits, including back-ups for every engagement. The airport has to spend hours organizing and transporting all the royal luggage.
19. Playing Monopoly
Prince Andrew claimed in 2008 that it's forbidden in the royal household to play Monopoly, for "it gets too vicious." It is interesting to imagine the chaos in the Royal lounge caused by a member losing a game of Monopoly.
20. Opening Presents On Christmas Day
Since the British royal family is actually of German descent, they follow the German tradition when celebrating Christmas. They exchange and open presents on Christmas Eve, not on Christmas morning.