Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family are currently on their summer break in Balmoral, where they traditionally gather every year for important family time together . However, while the rest of the world may be talking about pressing issues for the monarchy, it seems that the Royal Family themselves chat about quite different matters when they see each other in person. Royal biographer Penny Junor, in her 2005 book “The Firm”, takes a look at Palace life behind the scenes.
Ms Junor explains how it was not until 1994 that the Royal Family instituted a six-monthly meeting between the senior royals and their staff, to talk about important matters pertaining to the monarchy.
Ms Junor writes: “Hard to believe that so simple an idea had to wait until 1994.”
She continues: “The constant surprise is that the Royal Family doesn’t discuss any of these sorts of topics with one another on their own.
“It takes prompting from their courtiers and the structure of a formal group.
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Cambridge (Image: Getty)
The Royal Family at this year's Trooping the Colour (Image: Getty)
“Privately their talk tends to revolve around the domestic scene: dogs, horses, sporting pursuits and Estate matters, interspersed with dirty jokes and nudges in the ribs.
“This is not a family that enjoys debate or intellectual conversation.”
A former courtier told the author: “Some people regard b****r as a term of abuse.
“The Royal Family uses the word ‘intellectual’ in much the same way.”
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Balmoral Castle (Image: Getty)
Another courtier said: “They do communicate in the oddest way.
“It’s a very close family, but they don’t communicate directly.