When we were kids, some of us dreamed of becoming princes or princesses. In fact, our love for anything royalty is still very well alive today. We continue to watch real-life monarchs and royals – and this is something that we do with great interest.
Apparently, being royal is not always moonlight and roses. It is packed of complex protocols and rules, not to mention the centuries-old injunctions and traditions. To give you a clear idea of what it means to be a royal, we have compiled a list of the most unexpected restrictions and rules. All of these have something to do with the British royal family.
#11. The Queen and Her Relationship with the Armed Forces
The Queen is deemed the Head of the Armed Forces. However, she is also considered the wife, the mother, and the grandmother of every individual currently serving the Armed Forces. She has the final say when it comes to declaring peace or war. She also holds various honorary ranks and appointments.
#10. Nicknames Are a Big No-No
Sure, the media may call the Duchess of Cambridge as Kate Middleton. But, in reality, it is a huge violation of strict protocol. People outside the royal family may call them names as a form of familiarity. However, as far as the royal members are concerned, they are not allowed to bear one.
#9. All the Presents Go to the Queen
Whenever there is a present or gift that the family receives, it always belongs to the reigning monarch – the Queen. It is even forbidden to either sell or give them, unless the Queen says so.
#8. Everyone Follows the Queen
Considered a royal etiquette, everyone is expected to follow the Queen’s lead especially during family gathering and special events. For instance, if she decides to stand, everyone must also stand. If she stops eating, everyone is expected to stop eating as well.
#7. Prince Philips Walks a Few Steps Behind the Queen.
Actually, he does this all the time. Again, the “Everyone Follows the Queen” is a significant tradition in the royal family. And no one escapes it – even the husband himself. Prince Philip must always be standing or walking behind his wife, the Queen.
#6. Ravens Are to Inhabit the Tower All the Time
Remember when we said “centuries-old traditions?” Well, this is exactly why the modern royal family keeps ravens in the Tower. There must be at least 6 ravens inhabiting the Tower of London. The tradition dates back to the reign of the titular King Charles II, who suggested that “if the ravens leave the Tower, the kingdom will fall.”
#5. You Are Not Allowed to Turn Your Back on the Queen
Do this and you will be reprimanded – big time. So, if you ever have the chance to talk to the Queen, make sure that she is the first one to leave after the conversation is over. You cannot simply turn your back on a monarch. This is considered a huge rude violation of the royal protocol.
#4. The Chin Must Always be Parallel to the Ground
Part of the royal etiquette, the members – most especially the women – should hold their chin parallel to the ground. It is deemed as a proper and only way. So, in a sense, you cannot take a picture of your so-called “good side.”
#3. A Hat in the Morning, a Tiara in the Evening
Fashion is of huge importance to the British royal. However, they still have a royal protocol to follow. Women must wear a hat for official events held during the day, but after 6 PM, tiaras and jewels are to be worn. Interestingly, this rule is only applicable to the married ladies.
#2. Myrtle Appears in Every Royal Wedding Bouquet
If you look closely at every royal wedding, there is always a myrtle that appears in the bouquet. For them, it is a symbol of love and marriage. As a matter of fact, every royal bride since the existence of Queen Victoria has had this flower in her bouquet. It even grows in the Queen’s very own 170-year-old garden.
#1. The Queen’s Corgis can Do Whatever They Want
Oh, yes. This is very true. Queen Elizabeth II loves and adores her dogs. They are even the only members in the royal family that are allowed to live a carefree life. For example, the royal chef is to prepare gourmet meals for the dogs. Guests are not even allowed to bother them in special events or gatherings. Heck, the Queen herself decided to ban both William and Kate’s Cocker Spaniel, so it would not bother her corgis.
Canadian Angler Finds Grisly-Looking Fish That Grew Inside Dumped Plastic Wrapper
How this fish lived inside a plastic wrapper shows how our improperly disposed garbage can affect animal life.
An angler from Alberta is reminding people how garbage can destroy bodies of water and the animals that live in them after catching a fish that grew around a plastic wrapper. He shared bizarre photos of the fish on social media which were caught by thousands of people.
Adam Turnbull has a deep passion for fishing and has been catching fish all around Alberta almost every day. However, it is the first time that Adam saw a fish with a severely deformed body for living inside a Powerade drink wrapper. He told in a news interview:
“I was fishing at Strathcona Park when I hooked the fish…It fought like every other fish and then I saw the wound.”...
New Species Of Orangutan Is The Rarest Type Of Great Ape, Studies Say
Now hold your horses! This ain’t Planet of the Apes!
Just when you thought that mankind has already discovered all the land-dwelling creatures, nature proves us wrong. From time to time, our experts manage to find interesting creatures that are yet to be recorded. Oftentimes, it happens right under our noses.
Back on November 20, 2016, somewhere in the mountainous region of Tapanuli, the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme found a lone orangutan.
According to the researcher Matt Nowak, the orangutan was badly injured.
14 Unusual Jobs From Across the World That Actually Exist
Regardless of how weird they are, these jobs still pay some decent money.
There are tons of jobs in this world, though they greatly vary from one industry to another. Nonetheless, most jobs would require applicants to have a good educational background. Otherwise, it would be difficult for them to find a gig. Interestingly, there are jobs that completely demolish the traditional office setup. Some of them do not even follow the concept of 9 AM to 5 PM shift.
Elite Readers managed to collect some of the most unusual jobs in the world. And yes, they pay some serious cash. Check them out below!
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