Wednesday, 30 April 2008

A Meat Hook???

2008-Apr-29 - The mystery of the handbag
Her Majesty has always a meat hook in her handbag.
Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain celebrated her eighty-second birthday on 21st April. I shall never forget this, for my husband’s birthday was on the 23rd of April. And he too would have been 82.
Well, back to the Queen, she is a member of the most colourful royal family of Europe and apart from the Danish, the oldest family. The Danish Queen Margarethe and the British Queen are descendants of Vikings. William the Conqueror, the ancestor of Queen Elizabeth, was a Viking.
Queen Elizabeth is known to carry always a handbag. But something that not everybody knows, is that she uses the bag to communicate with her staff. They watch her bag carefully. If she places the bag on a table during a cosy tête-à-tête it means: Time to go!
Bag on the floor means: This guest is very boring!
What are the contents of these handbags? This question kept journalists busy for years. Anyway it is said that her handbag contains an S-shaped meat hook to hang her bag on. For the rest it contains articles of personal matter.
Queen Elizabeth cannot do without her handbags. Our Queen Beatrix cannot do without her hats. They are her trade mark. BTW tomorrow we celebrate her birthday. It's a national holiday and everybody is taking part in it.


Bimbimbie said...

I heard that about the Queen's handbag ... hope the "bore" knows it too when she positions her handbag to be rescued from him/her *!*

Janice Thomson said...

I didn't know that about the Queen's handbag but it makes perfect sense. There has to be some way she can communicate in a tactful way.

Old Lady Lincoln said...

A meat hook? They have special little things to hang a purse from if you want to hang it from the table. Personally I carry a very small purse, and I let it hang on the left side of my body, but I put my right arm through the long strap and this way it doesn't fall off the shoulder.

reader Wil said...

Bimbimbie, yes that would be an awkward situation, wouldn't it?!

reader Wil said...

Janice, it's a clever way to keep smiling, but at the same time signal to the staff what she really thinks. I don't know what our Queen does, perhaps she plainly says what she thinks, on the other hand... Nah.. I don't think so.

reader Wil said...

Patty it's sometimes dangerous for us to walk in town with a handbag. It often happens that some youngster on a moped or motorbike pulls the bag from your shoulder and therefore I have a small bag which I hide under my jacket.

MissLady said...

There are much better options than meat hooks! Try the purse hooks at They are beautiful and made of the highest quality materials. Best of all, the company donates $5 from the sale of each one to a great cause like breast & ovarian cancer research, environmental org's and animal rescue and shelter.
They are so much nicer than the junky ones out there. Believe me, I have tried them all because I HATE putting my purse on the floor! Their Jeweled Flower PursePals are gorgeous!

reader Wil said...

Well misslady, that's a great idea to combine buying a hook with the support of good causes. Thanks for the hint.