The Queen carries good luck charms from her children in her handbag during public engagements

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SHE may be head of the Royal Family – but the contents of The Queen’s handbag could easily be mistaken for our own.

When she’s out and about on royal duties, Her Majesty is known to pack a lipstick (Clarins being her favourite brand), a pocket mirror, a fountain pen and reading glasses in her handbag – as well as couple of mints, of course.

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The Queen carries good luck charms from her children in her handbag, a royal expert has claimed[/caption]

But according to royal experts Phil Dampier and Ashley Walton, The Queen also carries around some more personal items too.

In their 2007 book What’s In The Queen’s Handbag: And Other Royal Secrets, the royal experts claimed Her Majesty has an assortment of items from her children in her handbag which she sees as “good luck charms”.

These trinkets include miniature dogs, horses and saddles as well as a selection of family photos.

The Queen reportedly carries a photo of Prince Andrew in her handbag which was taken after he returned home safely from the Falklands in 1982.

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Her Majesty also reportedly carries family photos in her handbag[/caption]

What’s more, The Queen only ever carries cash on a Sunday and it’s so she can make a donation when visiting church.

It is believed that one of her butler’s irons a five pound note into a little square so she can discreetly make her donation.

Writing for Lady magazine, The Queen’s former Lady-in-Waiting Sally Bedell Smith revealed it was her duty to always have an extra pair of gloves or a needle and thread on hand in case of a fashion emergency.

Describing Her Majesty as “a very practical, down-to-earth lady”, Sally wrote: “She needs a comb or lipstick or Kleenex, and if she hasn’t got it, what does she do?”


The Queen is also believed to send messages to her staff based on the placement of her handbag[/caption]

The Queen is also believed to uses her handbag to send signals to her staff.

If the monarch places her famous handbag on a chair, it means she wishes to have a prolonged chat with a guest.

However, if she moves her bag to the floor, this would signal she wishes her staff to end the conversation promptly.

At dinner and lunches, if the bag is placed on the table it means she would like to end the event in five or so minutes.

A dangling bag in her left, crooked arm, indicates she is comfortable and happy.

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