Why You Don't Want to Be a Royal
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17 Reasons You Don't Really Want to Be a Royal

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Why You Don't Want to Be a Royal
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Royal Pains

The royal life looks so glamorous in pictures. They are all beautiful, well dressed, elegant even, but have you ever thought about what it would truly be like to be a royal? The whole world is watching your every move. Which is why there are so many rules and traditions put in place — so that the royals can control their image and craft the perfect picture at all times. There is far more that goes on behind the scenes to project the perfect picture. Take a look at some big and small pitfalls to being a royal, and think about why you might just be happier not marrying into the royal family.

The Queen Must Give Her Blessing
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The Queen Must Give Her Blessing

Be careful falling in love with a royal. If by chance you do, you won't be allowed to wed unless the Queen herself gives her consent. This is actual law. According to the Royal Marriages Act of 1772 the ruling monarch — the Queen must give formal consent of the union before an engagement can happen. The law has been relaxed a bit in recent years and now allows divorcees to marry into the royal family as well as Roman Catholics — assuming they have the Queen's permission.

The Royal Bouquet Must Contain Myrtle
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The Royal Bouquet Must Contain Myrtle

Once you make it beyond the consent, don't think you can go ahead and plan your own wedding. So many traditions and rules must be abided by for a royal wedding, even down the flowers the bride carries. Tradition states that myrtle from the royal plant must be in the brides bouquet.

No Nicknames
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No Nicknames

Once you do marry a royal, all nicknames must be dropped. This is the reason Kate now only goes by Catherine. The press still sometimes ignores this rule, but Catherine no longer answers to Kate.

Hats Are Required for Women
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Hats Are Required for Women

The rules and traditions don't stop with nicknames. Women in the royal family are required to don hats for all official events before 6 p.m., and married royals must don a tiara after 6 p.m. No exceptions.

It Matters Where You Stand at Events
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It Matters Where You Stand at Events

Speaking of official events, the royals have a very distinct way of positioning themselves in the public eye: in order of succession to the throne. The Queen of course stands in front. Even when walking, Prince Philip must stay a few steps behind the Queen.

No PDA Is Allowed
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No PDA Is Allowed

Under no circumstances are public displays of affection allowed. Most royal couples don't even hold hands in public, although in recent years that has happened on occasion with the younger generation.

No Working Allowed
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No Working Allowed

Once you marry into the royal family, that is your full time job: to be a royal. You are not allowed to hold any other job than to represent the family to the best of your ability.

No Politics Allowed
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No Politics Allowed

In addition to not working, you also don't vote or hold a political office. Although not a written law, the royal family is supposed to be politically neutral, so therefore they do vote or hold office.

You Must Follow Strict Dinner Table Etiquette
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You Must Follow Strict Dinner Table Etiquette

When the Queen is done eating you are done (even if you aren't really). You must also abide by the Queen's conversation: She has a specific order in which she speaks to dinner table guests. In addition, you must learn the proper placement of your silverware and what it signals to the wait staff. For example, utensils placed at an angle with the handle at the bottom right of your plate signal that you are finished.

You Must Have a Black Outfit With You When You Travel
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You Must Have a Black Outfit With You When You Travel

Dating back to 1952, all royals now travel with a black outfit in case of a death. This came about when one princess was away and her father passed away unexpectedly. She had to land and get appropriate black mourning clothes delivered to her plane before she could de-plane.

You Cannot Play the Game of Monopoly
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You Cannot Play the Game of Monopoly

One of the strangest things the royal family abides by is that they don't play the board game Monopoly. It is apparently too vicious of a game for the royal family to partake in.

Women Must Sit a Certain Way
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Women Must Sit a Certain Way

Legs crossed at either the ankles or the knee is the way to go. Yes, that's right, if you marry into the royal family you are even going to be told how to sit.

Women's Dress Code
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Women's Dress Code

Overall women in the royal family are to be dressed modestly at all times. Definitely no cleavage allowed, panty hose are a must wear on bare legs, and pale nail polish if any. Jeans are only really allowed on a dress-down day or at home walking the dogs for example.

Men's Dress Code
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Men's Dress Code

Men are required to wear button-down shirts, a blazer or sweater, and chinos. As with the women, jeans are frowned upon and only reserved for dress-down days.

Children's Dress Code
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Children's Dress Code

Even the younger royals have a dress code. Royal children must be formally dressed when in public. For little boys, that means shorts (a signal of upper class) until the age of 8, and a button-down shirt, or sweater. Girls must wear dresses with Peter Pan collars, cardigans, matching hair bows and doll shoes that complement the outfit.

Two Heirs Cannot Travel Together
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Two Heirs Cannot Travel Together

It's been a long standing rule that two heirs may not travel together in case something happens that would jeopardize both of them. That rule has just recently been broken when Prince William started traveling with his family including his successor and son, Prince George, but don't worry, they got formal permission from the Queen first. They are now allowed to travel together until Prince George is 12 years old.

Your Children Will Be Raised in the Spotlight
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Your Children Will Be Raised in the Spotlight

Probably the biggest reason on this list of why your don't really want to be a royal is your children. They would be raised in the spotlight whether you like it or not, and there isn't anything you can do about it.