14 British Monarchy Strange Now-You-Know Facts

The British monarchy: is it tourist fantasy, a British taxpayer burden, or a cruel, archaic homage to British imperialism? However you see it, the world is fascinated with the royal family. From their high-profile drama and their strange rules of etiquette, we were surprised by these 14 facts…

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Queen Elizabeth is a trained mechanic. During WWll, the then-princess joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service when she was 18-years-old. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

Source: Washington Post

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The Queen doesn't need a passport. The passport is issued in her name SO it's not necessary for her to have one. Other family members have one, however. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

Source: Royal.uk

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The Queen uses her purse to signal her handlers O A royal historian believes how the Queen holds her purse lets her handlers know when she's ready to end a conversation or leave immediately. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

Source: Today

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The Queen owns all the swans in England It's a holdover from olden times when swan meat was a status symbol and the upper class had to buy swan marks from the monarch. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

Source: Atlas Obscura

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Prince Charles dated Princess Diana's sister first Lady Sarah McCorquodale, her older sister, introduced the couple, saying, I introduced them. I'm Cupid. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

Source: The Guardian

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Young princes always wear shorts to show they're upper class Aristocracy and royals stick their noses up at young boys in long pants, keeping to the tradition of shorts for young boys and trousers for men. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

Source: Bazaar

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The British monarchy directly funded and profited from slave trade. The Royal African Company, founded by King Charles I, brought more enslaved African people to the Americas than any other institution. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

Source: Slate

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Meghan Markle was a briefcase model on Deal or No Deal 2 $500,000 The former actor was on 34 episodes, slightly overlapping with Chrissy Teigan. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

Source: Bravo!

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Royals are not allowed to sign autographs It's one of the more understandable restrictions as it aims to avoid forgery of their signatures. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

Source: TIME

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2.4 billion people watched Princess Diana's funeral That was more than one third of the global population. 33.2 million Americans watched, 10.5 million more than watched her wedding. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

Source: Reuters

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The Queen has sent 277,00 telegrams to people on their 1 OOth birthdays. Over her reign, the Queen has sent hundreds of thousands of messages to centenarians. She's not too far from earning one from herself. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

Source: The Sovereign Report

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The Queen has two birthdays. She has her real one (April 21) and her officialone, which falls on the second Saturday of June to ensure it can be celebrated in good weather. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

Source: BBC

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The Queen has the ultimate authority on nuclear bombs Although the prime minister has the power, the queen could be a fail-safe that advisors appeal to, since she is technically commander-in-chief. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

Source: BBC

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The Crown Estate is worth f13.4 billion The property belongs to the reigning monarch, but it's not their private property (the Queen can't sell it) nor does it belong to the government. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

Source: Crown Estate