The Royal Handbag Code

While on a lecture tour of the United States in 1990, Raymond Fullager, an expert on the British royal family, revealed the existence of a royal handbag code. According to him, the Queen of England used her purse to communicate secret signals to her staff.

Fullager claimed to have identified 23 different signals she used. For instance, if she moved her purse from her right to her left arm it meant that she was bored and needed to be rescued. A lady-in-waiting would then approach and say, "I'm afraid, ma'am, that you are running 10 minutes behind schedule."

If the handbag was securely gripped on her left arm, it meant that all was well.

Fullager refused to reveal all 23 signals, insisting that they needed to be kept a royal secret. But he did share some of the Queen's other body-language code. For instance, if she rubbed the middle finger on her left hand, it meant that a spectator was getting too close.

However, other royal experts were skeptical of Fullager's handbag-code theory. Gossip columnist Nigel Dempster declared that the code theory was "silly" and "just rubbish."

Andrew Morton said, "Frankly, you've got to wonder if anyone can actually do 23 different things with a handbag."

More info: (Sep 14, 1990)

LA Times - Aug 8, 1990

     Posted By: Alex - Tue Aug 23, 2016
     Category: Languages | Royalty

Look Andy, just because you don't know 23 things to do with a purse doesn't mean that MI5 hasn't come up with a few that even our intrepid reporter hasn't discovered.

Swinging purse at neck level of spectator: "Off with his head!"
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 08/23/16 at 10:09 AM
Why's my comment need review? I didn't use the "N" word, the "F" word or the "R" word?
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 08/23/16 at 10:11 AM
Queen Elizabeth II is the only current head of state who served in World War !!.
Posted by ges on 08/23/16 at 11:05 PM
There ain't a lot of WWII vets left! We've only got one over here and he's 94.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 08/23/16 at 11:16 PM
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