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The Queen reportedly has one travel essential she always packs when she goes abroad and this heartbreaking item is inspired by her father.
- Her Majesty is said to never travel without one very specific outfit after finding herself without it during a royal tour to Kenya.
- It’s long been claimed the Queen ensures she has black clothes with her for trips, and was inspired to do so by the tragedy of losing her father.
- This royal news comes as it’s revealed Prince Charles will have to make an enormous sacrifice when he becomes King.
Everyone has their own must-have items they can’t be without on trips, but the Queen’s travel essential likely won’t be on many people’s lists. From her days as a Princess high up in the royal line of succession, to her decades as the monarch, the Queen has often travelled abroad for important engagements and receptions. Now, as she prepares to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee 2022 with a packed schedule of events in June, it has been nearly seven years since the Queen went abroad.
However, when she does travel anywhere, it’s said there is one item she always takes with her, after being caught out when tragedy struck at the heart of the extended Royal Family.
In February 1952 the Queen’s father King George VI passed away at Sandringham House and it was at the Norfolk estate that she marked this poignant anniversary this year. The then-Princess Elizabeth was told of her father’s death while on a trip to Kenya, leaving Prince Philip to comfort her. And it seems there was one item she’d forgotten to bring with her, never anticipating this sad news.
According to Express.co.uk (opens in new tab), her dresser on the flight home from Kenya realized that they’d brought no black mourning clothes in which the new Queen could receive her ministers. Since then it’s now said to be established protocol that when members of the Royal Family, including the Queen, travel they must take a black outfit.
This means that if they do receive heartbreaking news, as the Queen did when her father passed away, the royals are able to mark their respects straight away and don’t appear unprepared. Royal dressing following a loss is a formal affair, as fans observed last year when the Queen’s husband of more than 70 years, Prince Philip, died.
The Royal Family’s strict mourning rules were revealed to all, and throughout the official royal mourning period of two weeks for the Duke of Edinburgh, the royals were expected to wear black or dark clothes. For her first engagement since Prince Philip’s death, the Duchess of Cambridge wore an elegant coat dress in black, while Prince William wore a black suit.
Inspired by the loss of her father, the Queen’s travel essential is a respectful item that ensures she and her relatives are prepared for even the most upsetting of announcements.
Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with six years of experience working in digital publishing. Her specialist areas including literature, the British Royal Family and knowing all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and every streaming service out there. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, you can find Emma cooking and watching yet more crime dramas.
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