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Royal family's most bizarre rules - from tiaras at 6pm to no sleep when Queen is awake

 Royals must always travel with a black outfit should there be a sombre occasion suddenly (Image: Getty Images)

The Royals are quite clearly as far from what the majority of the British public deem your average family.

But despite the more obvious differences - such as grand balls, dinners with dignitaries and living in castles - there are plenty of lesser-known reasons their day-to-day lives look a little different to our own.

Much of how the royals conduct themselves in public comes down to official royal etiquette - sometimes banning seemingly benign actions completely.

For the Firm, sticking to these rules is important in maintaining centuries-old tradition and the esteem of the family.

We've taken a look at some of the quirkier traditions that govern how our Royal Family behave.

You must not take your coat off in public

Royals are not supposed to take off their outer layers off in public, especially coats.

According to OK! magazine, royal tradition states that if a female member of the royal family was to remove her coat in public it would be deemed "unladylike."

If wearing an overcoat, male members of the royal family are also encouraged to keep this on until in private.

 Meghan Markle once revealed to a fan in 2017 that she 'wasn't allowed to take a selfie' (Image: Getty Images)

Royals can't take selfies

Royals are always encouraged to have personal interaction than have people clamouring for selfies.

This is something Meghan Markle also confirmed when she told a crowd in Nottingham in 2017: “We’re not allowed to do selfies”.

Despite this, over the years there have been occasions when younger members of the royal family have been pictured in selfies with adoring fans.

They must always bring a black outfit when travelling

Royal family members do a lot of travelling - and with that comes a lot of luggage

Amongst staple pieces in their travel wardrobe, they are - rather grimly - required to always carry a black outfit.

This is to ensure they look suitably dressed should someone, such as a dignitary, politician, or even fellow royal family member, for example, die unexpectedly.

They must walk behind the Queen

As head of the Royal Family, the Queen will always be seen walking ahead of others.

On public engagements, Her Majesty will walk ahead of others, who must also all curtsey or bow to her.

In 2018, the then US President met the monarch at Windsor Castle as part of his four-day 'working visit' of the UK - and part of the historic meeting involved inspecting the troops together.

In a comical moment, as he walked alongside her inspecting the Coldstream Guards, he appeared to have some directional issues - and BLOCKED her.

The Queen, dressed all in blue, is pointing where the American businessman should walk as they inspect the troops.

Trump then walks in front of the Queen, with the monarch dwarfed by his large frame.

 Royals are encouraged not to take a coat off in public (Image: Getty Images)

Male members cannot wear shorts after eight years old

While male children in the family will rarely be seen out of a pair of shorts, it is customary for them to be worn until only eight years of age.

After this age, boys are permitted to wear full-length trousers.

Female members of the royal family are also never allowed to be pictured at a formal or public engagements in a pair of shorts.

Tiaras are for after 6pm

Tiaras are reserved for formal occasions and evening events in the royal family.

A staple for any royal bride, Marie Claire previously reported that a tiara or crown cannot be worn before 6pm because diamond headwear is considered "formal attire".

No sleeping while the Queen is awake

At royal family gathering, it is tradition for everybody to refrain from retiring to bed until the Queen has also chosen to do so.

Writing in his book The Royals in Australia, former private secretary to the Queen, Sir William Heseltine, notes how Princess Di found this rule so hard she would routinely break it.

"For Diana the long royal evenings were agony,” he wrote.

“There’d be an hour or so in the sitting room of everyone sitting around making conversation.

“And Diana was driven to such extremes that she’d excuse herself and go to bed, which was thought to be rather bad form, going to bed before the Queen.”

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