Thursday 18 January 2018

There is only one occasion a week where Britain's Queen Elizabeth carries cash

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Queen Elizabeth II watch part of a children's sports event while visiting Vernon Park during a Diamond Jubilee visit to Nottingham on June 13, 2012 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Phil Noble - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Queen Elizabeth II watch part of a children's sports event while visiting Vernon Park during a Diamond Jubilee visit to Nottingham on June 13, 2012 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Phil Noble - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she leaves the annual Commonwealth Day service on Commonwealth Day on March 14, 2016 in Westminster Abbey, London
Queen Elizabeth II during the QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot Racecourse on October 21, 2017 in Ascot, United Kingdom. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images for Ascot)
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Britain's Queen Elizabeth simply doesn't do cash.

When you have an army of servants supporting you and your every move is a matter of national security, there is little need for payday cash burning a hole in your pocket. Unsurprisingly, Britain's longest reigning royal doesn't feel the necessity to carry around actual money (she never had the luxuries afforded to a pre-princess Kate Middleton who was often pictured doing the weekly shop in Tesco when she and Prince William lived in Wales).

Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she leaves the annual Commonwealth Day service on Commonwealth Day on March 14, 2016 in Westminster Abbey, London
Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she leaves the annual Commonwealth Day service on Commonwealth Day on March 14, 2016 in Westminster Abbey, London

But there is one regular occasion for which she makes an exception and once again, it's influenced by duty. According to the Telegraph, inside that signature Launer purse of hers is a precisely folded five pound note every Sunday. Like most church-goers, she likes to support her local parish with a small donation, but unlike others, it may have more to do with the fact that she is the head of the Church of England. And it would definitely look bad if the boss wasn't dipping into her pockets for at least some loose change.

She will reportedly increase the donation to 10 pounds on certain occasions. Vogue dutifully noted that the money likely comes from the relatively new ATM set up in the basement of Buckingham Palace from 2001.

Much has been made of the royals' choice of handbags and what she does with them is even more telling. If she places her bag on the ground, it's a signal for one of her assistants to swoop into the conversation and if she places it on the table, it's a sign that it's time to end the evening.

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