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Queen Elizabeth II

We all have our ways of escaping a dreadful or boring conversation, some of them more courteous than others. But don’t you often wish you had an army of handlers who could whisk you away when you wanted to make an abrupt exit? Queen Elizabeth II does. People Magazine has posted a handy list of HM The Queen’s secret social cues. (We’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for them when Her Majesty appears at William and Kate‘s wedding.)

“First and foremost, when Her Majesty is ready to wrap up a conversation or social event, she switches her handbag from one arm to another, signaling her handlers to move in and usher her away,” People reports. Much more polite than a well-placed handbag across the noggin, for sure.

However, if the Queen is really, really done with you, you can tell by watching her fingers. People says, “When Her Majesty is truly keen on making her escape, she makes the more dramatic gesture of spinning her ring, indicating that her staff should move her along, pronto. Placing her bag on the floor sends the same message.”

For visitors at Buckingham Palace, the Queen has her own version of the “Wrap It Up Box,” that infamous awards show staple. People Magazine reveals that she has “a discreet buzzer that signals the staff outside to the open the doors and escort the guest out.”

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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.