The Queen is very rarely seen without her trademark handbag, and many of us are often left wondering what she carries in it.
Over the years royal experts and insiders have spilled the beans on what everyone’s favourite royal takes with her when she’s at engagements – and they’re surprisingly ordinary.
She always has a compact mirror and her lippy, and she’s particularly fond of Clarins.
She also carries mint lozenges, reading glasses, a fountain pen, and one biographer also claims he once spotted her pulling out a sweetener for her coffee.
But there are also a number of sweet additions to her bag, and they are good luck charms.
She is said to carry a number of little trinkets her children have given her over the years, including miniature dogs and horses and family photos.
One of the photos in her bag is of Prince Andrew, taken after his safe return from the Falklands.
As well as looking great and being very practical, the Queen’s handbags have another purpose – to send messages to her staff and ladies-in-waiting.
A shift of the bag from one hand to another is an indication she is ready to move on from whoever she is speaking to.
If she wants to leave an event all together, the Monarch places her handbag on a table.
If she can’t use her bag, the Queen uses her wedding ring to send messages to royal officials.
She gives it a discreet twist if she she would like to end a conversation quickly, and a more dramatic spin of the ring means she is particularly keen to leave.
Once they’ve seen the signal, staff will then pop over and interrupt, saying the Queen is needed for something else.
Royal historian Hugo Vickers told People magazine: “It would be very worrying if you were talking to the Queen and saw the handbag move from one hand to the other.
“Luckily, they’d let you down easy.’
“It would be done very nicely. Someone would come along and say, “Sir, the Archbishop of Canterbury would very much like to meet you’.”