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6 Ways Queen Elizabeth II Sends Her Staff Secret Messages

Reader's Digest Logo By Marissa Laliberte of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 6: Skim through photos of Queen Elizabeth, and you’ll notice one common habit: Her handbag is almost always draped over her left arm. Having a preferred purse arm is pretty common, but with Her Majesty, it apparently means something more. If she switches her pocketbook to the other hand during a conversation, she’s probably not tired, but telling her staff that she’d like someone to interrupt and end the conversation, royal historian Hugo Vickers tells People. 'It would be done very nicely,' Vickers explains. 'Someone would come along and say, ‘Sir, the Archbishop of Canterbury would very much like to meet you.''

Switching her bag to the other arm

Skim through photos of Queen Elizabeth, and you’ll notice one common habit: Her handbag is almost always draped over her left arm. Having a preferred purse arm is pretty common, but with Her Majesty, it apparently means something more. If she switches her pocketbook to the other hand during a conversation, she’s probably not tired, but telling her staff that she’d like someone to interrupt and end the conversation, royal historian Hugo Vickers tells People. 'It would be done very nicely,' Vickers explains. 'Someone would come along and say, ‘Sir, the Archbishop of Canterbury would very much like to meet you.''
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