A handbag with the Queen’s secret signal… what was in it

The late Queen Elizabeth II. Photo = AFP/Reuters

There is an interpretation that the handbag that the late Queen Elizabeth II always carried at public events has been used as a ‘secret sign’ for royal officials. Instead of expressing his discomfort through words and actions, he used a handbag to formally get out of the situation.

18 (local time) The British Mirror reported that this was the Queen’s ‘secret message’ to officials, noting that the Queen always carried a handbag at important events during her 70-year reign.

The Queen’s handbag was said to be a strategy to help her communicate properly and respond to royal officials. An inside royal official said that if the Queen found it uncomfortable to have a public conversation, she would insist that she take turns holding her handbag to stop the flow of the conversation. Also, when I wanted to go out suddenly, I put my bag on the floor.

The Telegraph said that if the Queen wanted to end the meeting after five minutes, she would put her handbag on the table.

Given the Queen’s various circumstances, the handbag system was both practical and formal, the Mirror analysed.

The late Queen Elizabeth II meets the new Prime Minister Liz Tress at Balmoral Castle on the 6th (local time).  Truss's appointment was Queen Elizabeth's last official appointment.  /Photo = Official Twitter of the British Royal Family

The late Queen Elizabeth II meets the new Prime Minister Liz Tress at Balmoral Castle on the 6th (local time). Truss’s appointment was Queen Elizabeth’s last official appointment. /Photo = Official Twitter of the British Royal Family

One of the authors of ‘What’s in the Queen’s Handbag’, royal journalist Phil Dampier, told the Nikkei Shimbun on the 16th that the handbag contained snacks such as chocolate, easy-to-eat snacks such as chocolate, crossword puzzles scratched from papers new, and key people visiting with a small camera for taking pictures.

When the Queen went to church on Sunday, she even took a five pound bill to give. When traveling long distances, she is said to carry a small cosmetic case, family photos, and gifts from her grandchildren as a gift from her late husband, Prince Philip.

According to the American fashion magazine Vogue, the handbag that Liz Tress wore during the Queen’s last appointment as Prime Minister is the ‘Launer London’. The bag brand was awarded a Royal Warrant by the Queen of England in 1968. The Queen has been sticking to the brand’s bags since the 1950s, and is said to own around 200 to date. The runner’s CEO, Gerard Bodmer, told Vogue that he loves his handbags: “The Queen said she wouldn’t look properly dressed without it.”

Shin Hyun-bo, reporter at Hankyung.com greaterfool@hankyung.com

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