In retrospect, it is evident that Queen Elizabeth II was an extraordinary woman. We didn't know it, but she was a strong leader, a good diplomat, and, as it turns out, a great person to have around in awkward social situations.
During her 70-year reign, the Queen had to meet, greet, host, and entertain tens of thousands of individuals, which was likely enjoyable when the guests included Marilyn Monroe, Lady Gaga, Frank Sinatra, and Barak Obama (all of whom Queen Elizabeth met). But it was potentially more annoying whether it was an overzealous admirer at one of her garden parties or a stuffy ambassador droning on about their weekend plans with their partner.
However, it turns out that the Queen had a strategy for precisely these situations, and it involved... applying lipstick. Yes, indeed.
An image may contain Fingers and hat of a human beingElizabeth IIIan Scott Hunter, who was the Queen's footman for eight years, told the secret code on a special episode of Antiques Roadshow filmed aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia to "celebrate the long reign and life of Her Majesty the Queen.
She utilized her makeup to signal to her Ladies in Waiting that she wished to leave. "I believe it is proper etiquette for women not to apply makeup in public," the former royal footman explained. However, she would take out her lipstick and put it on without a mirror or anything else as a signal to the other women that she was ready to leave.
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