The royals of Britain take immense pride in their rich heritage and deep-rooted conventions. And whilst there are regal customs that are common knowledge, not everyone is privy to a great many time-honored practices that the first family has followed for generations — even centuries!
The march of regiments bedecked in their insignia to regale the sovereign on their birth anniversary has been in prevalence since the year 1760. The twenty-first day of April each year is therefore consecrated to a ceremonial parade to officially mark the queen’s day of birth.
The practice of branding every Cygnus olor dwelling in the river Thames as the exclusive property of the crown dates back to the twelfth century. Now that the graceful avians no longer make it to the royal plate, they receive a health-check and are examined for any signs of disease or injury before being released into the waters.
The royal diet is always sans mollusks and crustaceans as they are known to cause gut ailments in certain cases. Besides exotic foodstuff is staunchly given a miss.
There is an unstated protocol that prescribes maintaining a polite distance from members belonging to the regal household. It is therefore deemed polite to greet them with an acknowledgment by bowing the neck —this applies to gentlemen— or a delicate genuflection by the ladies.
The sovereign has to give an explicit nod of consent to a royal wedding.
Yuletide is the time when the royals head to a county in East Anglia. There is a convention to exchange pleasantries in the afternoon of the day preceding the hallowed day.
The sovereign always dons vivid hues so that she is easily distinguishable in crowded gatherings. Given the fact that she shakes a generous number of hands whenever she appears in public, mittens are an integral part of her regal wardrobe. They serve to protect her from contracting germ-borne diseases.
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