The patent Launer handbag is always seen by the Queen’s side from church visits to official engagements, private audiences and even official portraits, according to the Telegraph. However, as well as being a signature piece it also allows the Queen to send signals to her staff. If she places her handbag on the table at dinner, it signals that she wants the event to end in the next five minutes.
If the bag is put on the floor, it signals she is not enjoying the conversation and wants to be rescued by her lady-in-waiting.
A royal biographer disclosed that alongside everyday items such as a mirror and lipstick, the Queen always has a folded £5 note to donate to the church collection on Sundays.
Author of Elizabeth the Queen: The Woman Behind The Throne, Sally Bedell Smith claimed the Queen’s bag has a portable hook which is used to discreetly hang it under tables.
Ms Bedell Smith’s knowledge is pieced together by ladies in waiting and those who have allegedly peaked inside the bag.
She also claimed in The Lady Magazine the bag usually contains reading glasses, mints and a fountain pen.
She also alleged that the most important items in the Queen’s bag are a small mirror and her lipstick which she has been known to apply while sitting at a table.
She wrote: “At the end of a luncheon or a dinner, even a banquet set with silver gilt and antique porcelain, she has the somewhat outré habit of opening her bag, pulling out a compact and reapplying her lipstick.”
Ms Bedell Smith claimed that the Queen’s ladies in waiting are responsible for carrying necessities such as extra pairs of gloves, needles, thread and safety pins.
Royal commentator Phil Dampier claimed the Queen’s handbag is filled with more personal items.
The items include miniature dogs, horses and saddles which are good luck charms given to her by her children.
The Queen allegedly owns more than 200 Launer handbags which all have slightly different styles.
Her favourite styles are the Royale and the black patent Traviata which has a longer handle which eases the process of shaking people’s hands.
Published at Sat, 20 Apr 2019 01:50:00 +0000