Members of the royal family have a large number of people who work for them from chefs to chauffeurs to maids and butlers. And they give each of them a specific set of guidelines to follow daily. The royals also have rules in place that they go by as well including when it comes to their bathroom breaks.
Read on to find out why Queen Elizabeth II doesn’t want her household staff to be anywhere near the bathroom or know when she needs to go.
The royals don’t use a ‘bathroom’ or ‘toilet’
Members of Britain’s most famous family don’t use the word “toilet.” Where they relieve themselves is called a “loo.”
House Beautiful noted that they don’t say the word “bathroom” either unless there is an actual bathtub inside. So, if a royal is in the powder room that would be referred to as the “lavatory.”
They also never announce where they are going if they need to be excused for that purpose during a dinner party. They simply get up, say “excuse me,” and must cross their knife and fork if they want to signal that they are not finished eating.
For the monarch though, whenever she needs to use the lavatory is always a secret.
Queen Elizabeth wants her privacy
Although she’s one of the most well-known women in the world who has lived most of her life in the public eye, Queen Elizabeth still likes her privacy when doing certain things. This is the case when she has to use the loo.
Many people aren’t comfortable with others hearing them when they are in the restroom. Well, the royal family matriarch is the same way.
According to The Richest, one of the queen’s royal rules she’s particular about is that no one can know when she’s going to the lavatory. The monarch likes to make sure staffers aren’t within earshot when she relieves herself.
The queen has some rules for when she bathes as well
The queen has a specific set of rules when she takes a bath as well.
According to the Daily Mail‘s royal correspondent Brian Hoey, a maid prepares her bath daily and checks not only that the water isn’t too hot or too cold but also that the tub has just the right amount of water in it.
“Her maid will go into the adjoining bathroom to draw the bath, which has to be exactly the right temperature: tested with a wooden-cased thermometer, and no more than seven inches of water,” Hoey said.
And when she’s traveling and needs to bathe aboard the Royal Train the operators are instructed to drive carefully. The Express noted that she gets into the tub at 7:30 sharp and at that time drivers should be mindful not to hit bumps so the monarch can have a smooth bathing experience.