The ‘secret way’ of telling whether the Queen is at home in Buckingham Palace


It’s been a busy year for the Royal Family, filled with heartbreak and scandal as well as new births and joy.

Everyone has a bad day now and again but when you are in the firm you often have to put your personal feelings aside and remain professional at engagements and at public meet and greets.

Even when the Queen is at home, having some downtime or perhaps preparing for the days ahead, the nation still knows her whereabouts.

This is thanks to a long-standing tradition that even members of the public can use

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There's a 'secret way' of telling whether or not Her Royal Highness is inside Buckingham Palace
There’s a ‘secret way’ of telling whether or not Her Royal Highness is inside Buckingham Palace

Over lockdown, of course, The Queen was unable to leave her residence like the rest of us – and also followed the strict rules around social distancing and remaining within household bubbles. Although let’s face it, there are worse probably places to quarantine.

Now that things are beginning to open up and her majesty has taken a step back from royal duties, it’s more feasible that the Queen could travel to one of her other residences across the UK. But how can we know?

Well, there’s actually a little-known sign which can tell us in all certainty whether the Queen is at home in Buckingham Palace or elsewhere.

You have to check which flag is flying above the palace – the Union Flag or the Royal Standard.

If it’s the Royal Standard – a flag with four quadrants, three containing red lions on gold backgrounds and the fourth a golden harp on a blue background – Her Royal Highness is somewhere in one of the 775 rooms.

When the Royal Standard is flying above Buckingham Palace, it means that the Queen is inside
When the Royal Standard is flying above Buckingham Palace, it means that the Queen is inside

Buckingham Palace boasts 19 Staterooms, 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms.

In size, the building is 108 metres long across the front, 120 metres deep and 24 metres high.

Attracting millions of visitors every year in pre-pandemic times, it seems that the official residence of the British Royal Family has succeeded in capturing the world’s imagination.

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