This is how Britain's Queen Elizabeth escapes awkward conversations
It's no surprise that as Britain's longest reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth has perfected the art of the exit strategy.
While her role requires meeting British citizens and dignitaries around the world, Queen Elizabeth II reportedly has a code for her handlers letting them know it's time to jump into an awkward conversations.
She simply moves her handbag from one arm to another and her aides know it's time to move things along.
According to People magazine, if the situation requires emergency intervention, she puts her purse on the ground of fiddles with her wedding ring - in order to ensure she maintains a certain level of decorum without offending the person she's speaking to.
"It would be very worrying if you were talking to the queen and saw the handbag move from one hand to the other. Someone would come along and say, 'Sir, the archbishop of Canterbury would very much like to meet you'," royal historian Hugo Vickers told the mag.
"Luckily, they’d let you down easy."
But not all social situations require a handbag and she is said to have a special buzzer in his office in Buckingham Palace which she presses to let her staff know it's time to wrap things up.
It's a trick she appears to have passed on to granddaughter-in-law Kate Middleton, who reportedly carries a clutch at all times in order to avoid handshakes.
"When the Duchess is at an event, she holds her bag in front of her in both hands when shaking hands might be awkward," etiquette expert Myka Meier told Good Housekeeping earlier this year.
"Or she can place it in one hand to have the other free. It never gets tucked under an arm or placed on the ground or table. If there's not a stool available, slip it between your back and the back of the chair."