From specific diets to forbidden board games, the world's most-watched family has more random rules than you'd expect. Click through for the 60 weirdest, strictest traditions that the royal family is (pretty much) required to follow.
When the Queen stands, it's protocol for everyone to follow.
When dining as a family, after the Queen has taken her last bite, everyone needs to stop eating.
Men of the royal family perform a neck bow, while women curtsy when greeting the Queen.
Members of the royal family take a new name when they're married.
The royal family even refrain from holding hands.
According to the Royal Marriages Act of 1772, royal descendants must seek the monarch's approval before proposing.
Just because you're royal, doesn't mean you can wear any tiara you want. The Queen ultimately decides which tiara a royal bride will wear from her collection on her wedding day.
Every royal bride carries myrtle in her wedding bouquet.
Royal wedding parties are usually made up of younger children.
Now, the family can marry someone of any faith.
They aren't allowed to vote or speak publicly about politics either.
Since voting is off the table, members of the royal family aren't allowed to hold any type of political office.
Quite possibly the weirdest rule, the royal family can't play Monopoly. (Though we imagine this is a "rule" that can be broken.)
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.
Every family member must be prepared with a funeral-appropriate ensemble, in case of a sudden death.
Once Prince George turns 12, he and William will have to fly separately.
Don't even think about approaching them with that selfie stick.
Shellfish is off limits to the family, namely because it is more likely to cause food poisoning than other foods.
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.
In the 12th century, King Edward III banned all royals from wearing fur—but this rule has been repeatedly broken.
Based on the number of hands she has to shake, it makes sense that Her Royal Highness opts for gloves during public engagements—she doesn't want to get sick!
Seating is arranged by order of precedence at all royal events, but factors like age, language, and interests go into account too.
The Office of the Marshal of the Court refer to themselves as "mini hosts."
The dress code is modest, and no members are seen in casual clothing.
He always wears tailored shorts, never pants.
The fancier, the better.
If an event is held indoors after 6 p.m., women swap their hats for tiaras.
A woman who attends an event sans tiara is on the market.
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.
Every morning, the Queen has English breakfast tea (duh) followed by Cornflakes.
The family is required to graciously accept the many (and bizarre) gifts they're given on a regular basis.
It's considered unladylike to remove a coat in public. So if a royal family member wears one to an engagement, it must stay on the entire time.
The family's annual Christmas celebration is held at the Queen's Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, and she arrives a week early to prepare.
Instead of opening presents on Christmas day, the royal family exchanges gifts in the Red Drawing Room during tea time on Christmas Eve.
While at the family's Sandringham Estate, the royals attend service at St. Mary Magdalene Church on Christmas Day.
It's rumored that the Queen hates garlic, so no dishes at Buckingham Palace are made with the ingredient.
The Queen has strict rules against eating potatoes, rice, or pasta for dinner.
Prince George has already learned to count in Spanish.
Maybe that's why Kate gets a blowout three times a week.
After a conversation with the Queen has ended, she's the first to leave—no one is allowed to turn their back to her.
Although wedge heels may seem perfect for outdoor engagements, they're highly disliked by the Queen, so the women in the family are instructed not to wear them around her.
As soon as children are born into the royal family, they're immediately groomed to both wave and speak gracefully.
The Queen is known for her bright, neon-colored outfits, as she likes to make sure she can be easily spotted in large crowds.
The options are legs crossed at the knee or ankle.
You won't see a royal dying their hair bright pink or playing around with a bold smokey eye. The palace prefers that royal women wear natural-looking hair and makeup for public appearances.
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.
If the Queen is at dinner and she puts her purse on the table, dinner needs to come to an end within five minutes.
Diana used her clutches as a way to hide her cleavage when exiting a car.
Hence why both Prince Harry and Prince William were sporting military garb on their wedding days.
Even though the press still uses Kate's nickname, she actually goes by Catherine.
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.
Royal family members pinch the tea cup handle with their index finger and thumb, while their middle finger secures the bottom.
Royal women need to pose with their chin parallel to the ground.
Apparently, bare legs are very impolite and women in the royal family are expected to wear pantyhose to all formal events.