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Queen Elizabeth: Insider reveals why royal travels with this unlikely item in her handbag


Queen Elizabeth is the UK’s best-travelled monarch and has visited a huge array of countries all over the world. The royal has now stepped down from carrying out official royal tours abroad. Instead, the younger members of the Royal Family do these duties.

Jean Willis claimed the Queen carries a portable hook in her handbag.

The monarch does so in order to be able to hang up the bag wherever she is.

Willis explained that the Queen took care of the whole process – as witnessed in one episode.

The royal cousin was quoted in The Lady magazine in 2012 stating: “I watched the Queen open her handbag and remove a white suction cup and discretely spit into it.

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“The Queen then attached the cup to the underside of the table. The cup had a hook on it, and she attached her handbag to it.”

Other items in the famous handbag are rather more ordinary, according to royal biographer Sally Bedell Smith, author of Elizabeth the Queen: The Woman Behind The Throne.

Smith claimed Queen Elizabeth also has reading glasses, a fountain pen and mint lozenges in her handbag.

She also carries a lipstick and a compact mirror.

Smith wrote in her book: “At the end of a luncheon or a dinner, even a banquet set with silver gilt and antique porcelain, [the Queen] has the somewhat outré habit of opening her bag, pulling out a compact and reapplying her lipstick.”

Many people also carry money in their bags – does the Queen?

According to Smith, the royal does indeed have some cash on her.

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She carries a “precisely” folded £5 or £10 note – but only to donate to the church on Sundays.

The precise nature of the folding is said to be due to the actions of a butler.

A source revealed to the Express in 2015: “Her butler irons a five-pound note into a little square by folding it until you can only see her face.”

The Queen will also take a pair of white gloves with her when she travels.

According to royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams: “Given the need to shake hands so often [gloves] are useful as protection and to stop the spread of infections.”



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