There are a few things we’d never want to leave our home without, whether we’re travelling near or far. And they might be the practical stuff – keys, phone, a comfortable pair of shoes. Or they could be some of our favourite creature comforts – that trusty lipstick, our failsafe jacket, or a tin of mints.
And unsurprisingly, the royal family also have a few choice items that they never fancy leaving the house without. So which trusty items do they love to have with them at all times?
When the Queen jets off, to either another part of England, or on royal visits abroad, she apparently always makes sure to bring one specific sweet treat – and who doesn’t love a tasty snack while travelling?
The Queen’s snack of choice? Her Majesty’s favourite – and trusty royal recipe – chocolate biscuit cake.
(Tiffin cake, which may look similar to the Queen’s closely guarded secret chocolate biscuit cake)
A former royal chef, Darren McGrady, who worked at the royal household for over 15 years, has revealed that the monarch would never leave home without a little piece of the cake tucked away in her favourite Launer handbag to savour whilst on the road.
The chef would regularly make up a big batch, which the Queen would cut into before she left the house to stow away in her bag. In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Darren said “Now the chocolate biscuit cake is the only cake that goes back again and again and again every day until it’s all gone.
“She’ll take a small slice every day until eventually there is only one tiny piece, but you have to send that up, she wants to finish the whole of that cake.”
And apparently the Queen isn’t the only one in the family who loves a slice of the coveted chocolate biscuit cake. Prince William is also a keen fan of the sweet treat, so much so that it was even pride of place at his wedding to Catherine.
Carolyn Robb, former chef to Prince Charles and Princess Diana, told You magazine, “It was a firm favourite in the royal nursery; so much so that, many years later, Prince William chose to have chocolate biscuit cake at his wedding for the groom’s cake.”
So which other royals have their go-to things the make sure bring everywhere?
According to a newly released royal biography, there was one tipple Prince Charles wanted to make sure came with him wherever he went. Sally Bedell-Smith, who has penned bioraphy ‘Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life’, revealed that his favourite drink is a dry martini, and that if he was travelling, he’d get his butlers to carry the ingredients with them in a special suitcase, so it could be made up whenever he fancied.
As for the Duchess of Cambridge, it’s common knowledge that she rarely leaves the house without her handy clutch bag. But why? Well, etiquette expert Myka Meier told Good Housekeeping that Catherine always accessories with this one type of bag, so that she can hold “her bag in front of her in both hands when shaking hands might be awkward.”
The MailOnline’s etiquette expert William Hanson also revealed that “it is protocol that you do not extend your hand to any member of the royal family (blood royal or those who have married in to the family) unless their hand extends first.”
But he also said that Catherine will soon be comfortable leaving the clutch behind, stating, “With more experience, The Duchess of Cambridge will soon realise that she needn’t be too nice, extend and shake hands with everyone,’ he explained.
“A courteous smile at those whom she does not have time to shake hands will suffice.”