Queen Elizabeth II Travels With These Two Surprisingly Morbid Items

Queen Elizabeth II Travels With These Two Surprisingly Morbid Items

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles travel with two morbid items that one could not imagine: their own blood and a black mourning dress.

Probably no one travels more than the royals. And when it comes to the monarch Queen Elizabeth herself the traveling is far more. Although the Queen has now designated many of her own duties to the family members who travel and attend events on her behalf, she still travels a lot more than the common man. While the common man always prefers traveling light, Queen Elizabeth does not have this preference. Along with her entourage, Queen Elizabeth’s list of personal items is also long. While the rest of the items are interesting, there are two morbid items as well: her own blood and a black mourning dress.

Not only Queen but the heir to the British throne Prince Charles also travels with his own blood. This is to counteract any medical emergency that might occur while they are travelling. They, obviously, also have their own medical team. A black mourning dress is compulsory for all royals to carry because in case someone in the family dies they are not dressed up inappropriately at the funeral. When King George VI died in 1952, the Queen (who was a princess back then) and her husband Prince Phillip were on a tour to Kenya. She had not packed her mourning dress along and hence had to wait at the airport till the dress arrived.

Some other interesting items include framed family photos, Harrod’s sausages, pine-scented soaps, barley sugar, earl grey tea, and a monogrammed kettle. Barley sugar is Queen’s remedy for a jet lag. It helps the blood sugar levels adjust to the eating timings of her new timezone thereby settle the body to new timings faster than usual. The Queen also carries her toilet roll along which no one is allowed to open except her and Prince Phillip. Although there is apparently no specific reason for it, it might be to save the royals from the inconvenience in the loo when the toilets roll finishes (this is all a common man’s brain can think of the logic behind bringing their own toilet rolls to travels.)

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By Saadia Ahmed
Saadia Ahmed is a Bollywood and cheesecake fanatic with no obvious interest in space travel. She tweets @khwamkhwah day in and out