Queen Elizabeth II Always Has This One Item In Her Suitcase

Queen Elizabeth II has had a long and illustrious career as the Queen of the United Kingdom. The Nonagenarian has weathered plenty of storms and done a ton of traveling during her reign. Because of her past experiences, the queen has some pretty strict rules about her travel. Specifically, she has rules about what she absolutely must bring with her when she travels. The queen always ensures she has a black outfit along during vacations and royal duties, and the reason why is pretty sad.

Queen Elizabeth II was an unlikely queen

Queen Elizabeth II might be the longest-reigning monarch in British history, but she also happened to have been an unlikely one. She was never expected to take the throne in the first place, because her father, King George VI, was not originally meant to be king.  

The Duke and Duchess of Windsor
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King George VI was the younger son, meaning his older brother would become king when their father died. Edward VIII did eventually become king but abdicated when it was made known that his marriage to a twice-divorced American named Wallis Simpson would cause upheaval. Edward VIII was given three options; he could choose to abandon the notion of marriage, marry Simpson against the wishes of his Prime Minister, or he could abdicate the throne, leaving him free to do as he pleased.

King George VI in the gardens at Windsor Castle
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Edward VIII took the final option. In doing so, George VI became king, and his eldest daughter, Elizabeth, suddenly became next in line. King George VI is often characterized as a reluctant king. His health deteriorated after World War II, and the then princess began taking over royal duties.  She became queen upon King George VI’s death in 1952.  

Queen Elizabeth II always brings a black dress with her

Whenever the queen travels, she’s sure to pack a black dress to take with her on the plane. Known for her brightly-colored suits, Queen Elizabeth II’s need to take a black outfit with her might seem a bit odd. She has a reason, though, and it’s incredibly sad.

Queen Elizabeth II attends the 2019 Braemar Highland Games
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The Queen brings black with her wherever she goes in case she needs to disembark an aircraft in mourning.  When Queen Elizabeth II technically became the queen, she was away on a royal visit. During her royal duties, her father, King George VI passed away.

Queen Elizabeth II, then Princess Elizabeth, was headed to a royal visit of Australia via Kenya at the time of her father’s death. She returned to the United Kingdom upon hearing the news but didn’t have a single appropriate piece of clothing to wear while getting off the plane. According to The Express, she sat on the tarmac waiting for a royal employee to bring her a garment befitting her grief.

Queen Elizabeth II in 1952
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While King George VI passed away more than 60 years ago, the queen always ensures she has a black outfit with her whenever she travels. The clothing remains on the plane, in case she ever needs to exit an aircraft in a state of grief again.

A black outfit is not the queens only must-have item while traveling

While the queen is always sure to pack a black dress for emergency mourning, its not the only thing on her checklist when traveling. According to The Reader’s Digest, the queen always travels with a personal physician, and, depending on where they are headed, a supply of blood might be on board the plane, too.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip at Princess Eugenie's wedding
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The queen also brings her own toilet paper with her during extended royal duties. Allegedly, the rolls are sealed with a special sticker, and only she and her husband are allowed to break the seal. It is not known what makes this particular toilet paper so unique.