1. Dancing In The Streets With Ordinary People
Are there street dancers among the young royal ladies? Said that wasn’t done. However, the then-Princess Elizabeth, then 19 years old, urged her parents to let her and her younger sister Margaret, then 15, attend the celebrations of the conclusion of World War II with the commoners who were dancing, flirting, drinking, and even doing the nasty in the streets.
The girls were allowed to go as long as they had a 16-person escort, and later that night, Elizabeth was seen dancing in a conga line that wound its way in and out of a hotel (though we doubt the King and Queen were aware of that last detail). She once recalled it as “one of the most special nights of my life.”
2. Giving William The Freedom To Invite Anyone He Chooses To His Wedding
How would we react if someone attempted to suggest the guests we should send to a wedding? Not wonderful, I bet. That’s what occurred to Prince William, who received a list of 777 people who needed to be invited to the wedding of the century but whom neither he nor Kate knew from Buckingham Palace employees.
When he immediately asked about it, his grandma just instructed him to tear it up, construct his list of relatives and friends, and they would add the remaining information later.
3. Giving Michelle Obama A Big Hug
This story focuses more on how the Queen handled a situation when someone else broke the rules than it does on her breaking the law herself. No one should touch royals, according to protocol.
However, when the first lady of the United States, Michelle Obama met the Queen in 2009, she lightly cuddled the Queen, acting on an irrational but kind impulse that she subsequently described in her autobiography, Becoming: “I think the Queen was cool with it, too, since when I touched her, she just pulled closer, placing a gloved hand lightly on the small of my back.”
4. Announcing That The Protocol Was “Rubbish”
The Obama family came back to visit in 2016, and this time, the Queen drove them there in her car. I was like, “don’t trip down the stairs and don’t touch anyone, whatever you do,” because all the protocol was buzzing around in my head. In an interview, Michelle once commented.
The Queen then adds, “Oh, it’s all rubbish, just get in,” You are trying to recall protocol as she is saying, “Just get in, sit wherever.”
5. Making HRHS For All Of Kate And William’s Children
One of Kate and William’s children, Prince George, used to be the only one with the right to use the term “His Royal Highness,” which may surprise some people.
However, that was before 2013, when the Queen approved a revision to that law known as Letters Patent, extending eligibility to any succeeding children. This explains why Louis is a “Prince” and Charlotte is a “Princess” rather than a “Lady.”
The two are HRHs.
6. Taking Flowers From A Fan
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For safety reasons, the Queen never receives flowers when she meets well-wishers at events and walkabouts. However, Laura Ann Barr, an Instagram mom influencer, persisted in trying—and succeeding—despite the obstacle. Barr received one of only 8,000 invitations to one of the Queen’s garden celebrations at Buckingham Palace in 2019 and set up shop on a route outside the royal tent where she knew the Queen would walk.
The moment the monarch arrived, Laura curtsied and presented the Queen with a gorgeous bouquet, which she instantly took and gave to an assistant. Security personnel applauds Laura for accomplishing something no one else had ever done in the moment, which was captured on camera.
7. Starting The Tradition Of The Walkabout
The British rulers maintained their distance from the public for centuries, likely due to a combination of safety concerns and a desire to maintain a sense of mystique.
It stayed that way until Queen Elizabeth realized in 1970 that because of the changing circumstances, the royal family needed to adapt by becoming more approachable and humanizing. During her 1970 tour of Australia and New Zealand, she started performing walkabouts—streetside meet-and-greets with selected crowds.
8. Christmas Invitations For Meghan Markle Before Her Wedding To Prince Harry
Meghan had no family in England when Christmas 2017 rolled around. The Queen extended a special invitation for her to spend the holiday with Harry at Sandringham, her Norfolk estate.
The entire family gathers there yearly, making it one of the year’s most memorable public appearances as they exchange funny gifts and walk to church together. Normally, only engaged couples go; girlfriends are never welcomed.
9. Creating An Unexpected Invitation For Doria Ragland
Who do you suppose has never received an invitation to the Queen’s private house, Sandringham, for Christmas? Kate’s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton. However, when a pregnant Meghan was forced to decide between traveling to Los Angeles to spend the 2018 holiday with her mother, Doria, or spending it with the royals, the Queen made the extraordinary and incredibly kind decision to invite Mom to the private festivities and stay at home.
10. Comments On Brexit
Since Britain transitioned to a parliamentary democracy with a primarily symbolic monarchy that plays no political role, it has become one of the most sacred elements of royal protocol: The monarch should never express any political views.
It’s extremely uncommon to witness “Elizabeth the Silent,” as she’s been dubbed, break it. The Queen felt obligated to make an oblique reference to Brexit in a speech to a women’s organization as debates over the British people’s decision to leave the European Union heated up in Britain.
In cases where there are conflicts, she is encouraged to respect and search for a middle ground. We find her comments to be rather neutral. However, several well-known people were not pleased with even that much.