How is Queen Elizabeth like a millennial? No, we aren’t trying to trick you. A trail-blazing fondness for the color “millennial pink” aside, the British monarch is famously averse to carrying cash. Royals — they’re just like us! Though the Queen’s rationale probably stems from the fact that she’s the ruler of the United Kingdom (and her face is on the stuff) rather than an over-reliance on credit cards and Apple Pay…
There is, however, one day of the week when the Queen does, in fact, stash a little paper money into her famous handbag. Royal aficionados will note, of course, that said handbag — her brand of choice is Launer, while the Traviata and aptly named Royale are among her favorite styles — is not only used to carry essentials including reading glasses, mints, lipstick, and a fountain pen, but also to send subtle signals to her personal staff. If you’re enjoying a chat with Her Majesty and she places her bag on the floor, it means she wants to be rescued from the pleasures of your company by her ladies in waiting.
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The day in question is Sunday when she packs a five-pound bill to donate to the church collection. Naturally, it’s not just any old fiver — according to Us Weekly, “her butler irons a five-pound note into a little square by folding it until you can only see her face.” Why opt for such an intricate folding system? Hearsay has it that the Queen wishes for the value of her donation to remain — quite literally — under wraps, rather than flaunting her spending.
The bills in question are probably dispensed from the royal cash machine, which is operated by the family’s bank of choice Coutts and can be found in the basement of Buckingham Palace. The word fancy doesn’t even begin to cover how cool this all is…
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This post was written by Katie Rosseinsky. It originally appeared on our sister site, Grazia Daily.