Queen Elizabeth only carries cash on *this* day of the week

When you’re the Queen of England, paper currency is moot (her face is emblazoned on every note, after all). However, Queen Elizabeth always brings cash on one particular day of the week, and her reasoning is super-special.

Elizabeth only carries cash on Sundays. Why, you may ask? Well, every week the Queen attends St. George’s Chapel and leaves a small cash donation on the collection plate following the service.

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Stylish Accessories

Undeniably the most stylish member of the British royal family, the Duchess of Cambridge — more commonly known as Kate Middleton — is a global fashion icon. In addition to her enviable wardrobe, she also has a closet full of chic accessories.

Some of her most expensive items include an $850 Mulberry Darley textured-leather shoulder bag — she reportedly owns several colors — and a $2,195 Cartier Pasha De Cartier watch, according to People magazine.

Not one to shy away from more moderately priced accessories, some of her slightly more affordable pieces include a $145 Longchamp Le Pliage Tote and a pair of $168 Bvlgari Women’s BV8170 Sunglasses, according to the magazine. 

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He put it up for auction in 2016, but Prince Phillip previously owned a 1954 Aston Martin Lagonda 3-Liter Drophead Coupe, one of the rarest cars in the world and worth as much as an estimated $640,000, according to Forbes. As a way to blend in with traffic, Queen Elizabeth’s husband also purchased an eco-friendly London taxi in 1999, which he donated to England's Sandringham Museum in 2017.

Also a car enthusiast, Prince Charles owns a rare 1969 Aston Martin Volante DB6 MKII, according to People magazine. Driven by Prince William on his 2011 wedding day, the Hagerty Insurance valuation tool estimates a similar car in mint condition at $497,000. 

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A public education won’t cut it for members of the British royal family. Prince George, the 4-year-old son of Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, started attending Thomas’s Battersea School in London in September 2017.

Tuition and fees total $7,809 in U.S. dollars per term for students aged 4 to 7, and there are three terms per calendar year. The price decreases in price for each subsequent child enrolled concurrently per family, should his sibling — Princess Charlotte — one day join him at the school.

This isn’t Prince George’s first school. He previously attended nursery school at Westacre Montessori School in East Walton, in Norfolk, England, near Anmer Hall, the family’s country home. When he started school in January 2016, tuition cost $55 per day, according to People magazine.

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Official Duties and Charitable Activities

Members of the British royal family maintain busy schedules filled with official duties and charitable activities. In 2016, Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla Parker Bowles — also known as the Duchess of Cornwall — joined Prince William and his wife, and Prince Harry to rack up a combined tab of about $14 million, according to the official website of Prince Charles.

Most expenses related to official and charitable duties are paid for by Prince Charles’ private income from The Duchy of Cornwall. Revenues from the private estate, which was founded in 1337, are passed to Charles, who is the current HRH Prince of Wales and Duke of Cornwall. 

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Gifts for Loved Ones

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reportedly began dating in May 2016, and he enjoys showering her with lavish gifts. Some of these include a Cartier Love Bracelet — valued at roughly $6,650 — and a gold Maya Brenner necklace not-so-subtly adorned with the letters ‘M’ and ‘H’, which retails for roughly $300.

Shortly before news of their relationship went public in October 2016, the prince reportedly spent thousands on a piece of art titled “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love,” by British artist Van Donna, ‘for an important person,’ according to People magazine. And in June 2017, the Daily Star reported the royal was planning to buy Markle an approximately $41,000 Mini Cooper for her birthday. 

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When it comes to childbirth, Kate Middleton spares no expense. Prince William’s wife has given birth to both of their children — Prince George and Princess Charlotte — in the exclusive Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital in London’s Paddington section.

Both Prince William and Prince Harry were also born in the hospital, where suites ran $9,650 per night in 2015 when Princess Charlotte was born, according to US Weekly. After the first stay, mothers reportedly receive a 10 percent discount, which will come in handy if the currently pregnant Middleton decides to have their third child in the same place. Kensington Palace announced her pregnancy on Sept. 4, 2017. 

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Housing, Utilities and Housekeeping

Maintaining the royal residences isn’t cheap. For the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017, Queen Elizabeth spent nearly $24 million on property maintenance, almost $4.1 million on utilities, and $2.9 million on housekeeping and hospitality, according to the Sovereign Grant and Sovereign Grant Reserve financial summary published on the British royal family’s official website.

Established in 2012, the Sovereign Grant is issued to the queen annually in exchange for the revenue from the Crown Estate, a real estate portfolio long owned by the reigning monarch. Initially set at 15 percent of the Crown Estate revenue, the grant was increased to 25 percent of profits in 2016 for a 10-year period to cover Buckingham Palace upgrades.

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You can’t be queen without a staff. For the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017, Queen Elizabeth’s payroll expenses totaled nearly $27 million, on top of other staff costs of $1.9 million, according to the Sovereign Grant and Sovereign Grant Reserve financial summary.

Doing one’s own grocery shopping, cleaning and laundry is decidedly unroyal, so Prince William and Kate have a little help. It’s unknown who’s currently assisting the family, but in May 2017, The Sun reported their housekeeper had recently quit her roughly $46,500-per-year job because it was too demanding. 

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Dining Out

Even the British royal family likes to go out to eat. In September 2016, Prince Charles, Camilla Parker Bowles and her son and daughter-in-law were spotted at Scott’s Restaurant in London’s Mayfair neighborhood, according to People magazine. It’s unknown what they ordered at the seafood restaurant, but the eatery serves up deep-fried haddock for approximately $26.50 and a fillet of wild seabass for around $53.

In February 2017, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were spotted heading to dinner at Soho House, a private members’ only club in West London, according to The Sun. The restaurant menu includes a $21 cheeseburger and a $39 cumbrian rib of beef.

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Holiday Décor

Prince Harry isn’t content to let staff do all the holiday decorating for his Nottingham Cottage home. In December 2016, the royal was spotted buying an approximately $86 Nordmann Fir Christmas tree from Pines and Needles in South London’s Battersea Park with Meghan Markle.

The Daily Mail reported the prince paid for the tree with a credit card. Markle reportedly happily accepted a bunch of mistletoe with their purchase, while the prince wasn’t as keen on it. Seemingly in the holiday spirit, staffers told the publication the happy, low-key couple was friendly and largely slipped under the radar.

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But this isn’t any old crumpled bill from the bottom of her handbag. Rather, the queen’s butler reportedly irons a five-pound note and precisely folds it into a square to reveal Queen Elizabeth’s face. That way, she can occasionally bump up her donation to ten pounds while remaining discreet about the actual monetary value of the donation. 

Philanthropy at its finest, ladies and gents.

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Related: Strict royal family rules we had no idea about

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Two heirs aren't allowed to travel together.

Once Prince George turns 12, he and Will will have to fly separately.

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PDA is looked down upon, especially while traveling.

The Royal Family even refrain from holding hands.

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The Royal Family must adhere to a strict dress code.

The Royal Family's dress code is modest, and no members are seen in casual clothing.

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Even Prince George has a dress code.

He always wears tailored shorts, never pants.

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When a Royal travels abroad, they're required to pack an all-black outfit.

Every family member must be prepared with a funeral-appropriate ensemble, in case of a sudden death.

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If the Queen moves her purse to her right arm, her staff must cut off her conversation.

The Queen uses her purse to send subtle signals to her staff. If she moves the purse from her left arm to her right, it's her hint that she's ready to finish her conversation.

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And when she places her purse on a table, dinner is officially over.

If the Queen is at dinner and she puts her purse on the table, dinner needs to come to an end within five minutes.

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When the Queen stands, you stand.

When the Queen stands, it's protocol for everyone to follow.

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No one can eat after the Queen has finished her meal.

When dining as a family, after the Queen has taken her last bite, everyone needs to stop eating.

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Bowing and curtsying is a requirement.

Men of the royal family perform a neck bow, while women curtsy when greeting the Queen.

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Marriage comes with a new name.

Members of the Royal Family take a new name when they're married.

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Approval is needed before a proposal.

According to the Royal Marriages Act of 1772, royal descendants must seek the monarch's approval before proposing.

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A Royal wedding bouquet must contain myrtle.

Every royal bride carries myrtle in her wedding bouquet.

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Every Royal wedding party must include a crop of children.

Royal wedding parties are usually made up of younger children.

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Until 2011, the Royal Family was prohibited from marrying a Roman Catholic.

Now, the family can marry someone of any faith.

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The family can't have political views.

The Royal Family isn't allowed to vote or speak publicly about politics.

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Nor can they run for office.

Since voting is off the table, members of the Royal Family aren't allowed to hold any type of political office.

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Monopoly is a forbidden board game amongst the Royal Family.

Quite possibly the weirdest rule, the Royal Family can't play Monopoly. (Though we imagine this is a "rule" that can be broken.)

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Dinner conversations are formulated.

At dinner parties, the Queen begins by speaking to the person seated to her right. During the second course of the meal, she switches to the guest on her left.

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The family isn't allowed to sign autographs or take selfies.

Don't even think about approaching them with that selfie stick.

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The family can't eat shellfish.

Shellfish is off limits to the family, namely because it is more likely to cause food poisoning than others.

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You can't touch a Royal.

It's rumored that the royal family can't be touched by non-royals, and Kate's awkward reaction to LeBron James throwing his arm around her in a photo is full-blown proof.

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They can't wear fur.

In the 12th century, King Edward III banned all royals from wearing fur-but this rule has been repeatedly broken.

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Event seating is very much planned.

Seating is arranged by order of precedence at all royal events, but factors like age, language, and interests go into account when organizing events.

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In fact, there's an entire office dedicated to the organizing of guests.

The Office of the Marshal of the Court refer to themselves as "mini hosts."

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Women must wear hats to all formal events.

The fancier, the better.

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After 6 p.m., hats are off and tiaras are on.

If an event is held indoors after 6 p.m., women swap their hats for tiaras.

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But, tiaras are reserved for married women.

A woman who attends an event sans tiara is on the market.

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And tiaras must be angled properly.

Although tiaras were traditionally worn towards the front of the head, the modern style is worn farther back on the head at a 45-degree angle.

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The Queen's breakfast menu is nonnegotiable.

Every morning, the Queen has English breakfast tea (duh) followed by Cornflakes.

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The family must accept gifts.

The family is required to graciously accept the many (and bizarre) gifts they're given on a regular basis.

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The Queen insists on spending a week preparing for Christmas.

The family's annual Christmas celebration is held at the Queen's Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, and she arrives a week early to prepare.

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The family doesn't open presents on Christmas Day.

Instead of opening presents on Christmas day, the Royal Family exchanges gifts in the Red Drawing Room during tea time on Christmas Eve.

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Garlic isn't allowed at Buckingham Palace.

It's rumored that the Queen hates garlic, so no dishes at Buckingham Palace are made with the ingredient.

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Neither are potatoes, rice, and pasta.

The Queen has strict rules against eating potatoes, rice, or pasta for dinner.

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The family is expected to learn multiple languages.

Prince George has already learned to count in Spanish.

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A clean-cut, put-together image is key.

Maybe that's why Kate gets a blowout three times a week.

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You can't turn your back on the Queen.

After a conversation with the Queen has ended, she's the first to leave-no one is allowed to turn their back to her.

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Even the children are expected to be graceful.

As soon as children are born into the Royal Family, they're immediately groomed to both wave and speak gracefully.

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The Queen's wardrobe must be bright.

The Queen is known for her bright, neon-colored outfits, as she likes to make sure she can be easily spotted in large crowds.

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Women are expected to sit a certain way.

The options are legs crossed at the knee or ankle.

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Cleavage isn't a part of the Royal dress code.

Diana used her clutches as a way to hide her cleavage when exiting a car.

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Nicknames are completely forbidden.

Even though the press still uses Kate's nickname, she actually goes by Catherine.

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Utensil placement is very important.

If royals need to exit the room during dinner, but haven't finished their food, they cross their utensils so the staff doesn't remove their plate. If they're finished with a meal, they place the utensils at an angle, with the handles at the bottom right of the plate.

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As is tea-cup holding.

Royal Family members pinch the tea cup handle with their index finger and thumb, while their middle finger secures the bottom.

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Chin placement isn't overlooked.

Royal women need to pose with their chin parallel to the ground.

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The Queen isn't required to have a driver's license.

The Queen is the only person in the U.K. who may drive without a license or plates.

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The Queen's dogs are always prepared gourmet meals.

It's no secret that the Queen loves her corgis, but unlike your pets, hers are required to eat gourmet meals, prepared daily by an in-house chef and hand-delivered by a footman.

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And they're never reprimanded.

The Queen lets her corgis do as they please.

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Prince Phillip is required to walk behind the Queen.

Since their marriage, Philip must walk a few steps behind the Queen at all times.

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