Royal observers are always delighted to see members of the royal family in their gorgeous horse-drawn carriages during special royal ceremonies, but there is a tradition that even fatal fans may not be aware of. Royal women always ride in the back of the car and there is a meaningful reason behind why they sit like this. Of course, there are exceptions to each rule.
Why do royal women climb backwards?
The biggest change in the British royal family came as the world began to rise after tackling the still-ongoing coronavirus epidemic. Over the past two years, members of the royal family have reduced their public presence and relied heavily on video calls because they, like many others, tried to avoid coming down with the virus.
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This year, however, many favorite annual events that royal observers have repeatedly awaited are in full swing. One of those events, the Royal Ascot, shows a moment where the royal family arrives in a horse-drawn carriage. As a matter of tradition, royal women usually sit in the back of the car while their male counterparts sit opposite. The reason is actually quite simple.
Royal observers have noticed that more often than not, women were in the front seats of their cars and there is a very common reason: the rear seats have a better view of the crowd and the racecourse as they enter the perimeter. They tend to take pictures more clearly.
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Although men are also photographed appropriately, their clothing tends to be the same gray suit so the gentlemen are not as interested in what they have. Since their outfits are often a highlight of any event, it means keeping women in a place where they are easily visible. What happens when non-monarchs ride alongside the royalty? Of course there are already plans for those complex British classifications.
The queen reigns supreme
Queen Elizabeth, as the ruling king, gets the first dibs in the seats, because she usually wants to see the first faces of the public and the photographers. Then comes his family, after non-royalty filtering. In any case, the queen does not play the second flute to anyone.