What the Queen carries in her handbag revealed – from Clarins lipstick to mint lozenges 


FEW accessories are more iconic than the Queen’s handbag – but what does the royal keep inside?

Thankfully the mystery may have been solved, as royal biographer Sally Bedell Smith lifted the lid on the hidden contents.

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The Queen is rarely seen without her trust Launer handbag – but what is inside?[/caption]

Sally, author of Elizabeth the Queen: The Woman Behind The Throne, said Her Majesty, 93, keeps her reading glasses, mint lozenges and a fountain pen in her famous Launer-branded bags.

And she may be one of the richest women in Britain, but the Queen only carries cash on Sundays.

She is said to carry a “precisely folded” £5 or £10 to be placed in the church donation, and it is rumoured one of her butler’s even irons the note into a little square.

Sally also claims that the Queen is never without her Clarins lipstick and a small mirror, so she can apply on the go if she needs.

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Sally wrote: “At the end of a luncheon or a dinner, even a banquet set with silver gilt and antique porcelain, she has the somewhat outré habit of opening her bag, pulling out a compact and reapplying her lipstick.

“When First Lady Laura Bush made a similar cosmetic fix during a Washington ladies’ luncheon, she cheerily commented, ‘The Queen told me it was all right to do it.’”

Royal expert Phil Dampier told Fabulous Digital that the bag also contains an array of good luck charms.


The Queen met with Boris Johnson at Buckingham Palace on his first day as PM – and kept her trademark handbag in the crook of her arm[/caption]

These include photos of her family, mints, crosswords from the papers, a fountain pen (she “frowns upon biros”), and a metal make-up case given to her by Prince Philip as a wedding gift.

Phil said: “Add in a mirror, diary and address book, sunglasses, reading glasses, and, like any good Girl Scout a penknife, and it is obvious why no ordinary size bag will do.”

He advised that she probably carries around her iPhone in the bag too – which she mainly uses to take photos when in the countryside at Balmoral.


The Queen has been using the London-based Launer firm for her bags and they have had the official warrant for the past 40 years. 

The bags are hand-made in a factory in Walsall and can range from £500 to £1,000 depending on the design. 

They can be made from a range of skins, including soft calf, lizard, alligator or ostrich. 
Each bag carries the brand’s famous intertwined gold rope logo.

The Queen typically likes a high-quality leather version, usually in a dark shade. 

The company released a range of “millenial-style” colours last year, from yellow to turquoise, and pink to violet.

Other fans of Launer handbags include Dame Judi Dench and Sophie, Countess of Wessex. 

And her bag also has another function – as the Queen uses it to send signals to her staff.

The monarch places her famous handbag on a chair if she wishes to have a prolonged chat with a guest.

However, if she moves her bag to the floor, this would signal she wishes her staff to end the conversation promptly.

At dinner and lunches, if the bag is placed on the table it means she would like to end the event in five or so minutes.

Launer CEO Gerald Bodmer previously revealed to New Idea Magazine 2018: “(The Queen) doesn’t feel fully dressed without her handbag.

The Queen’s favourite handbag brand last year released a new range in millennial colours – however the monarch prefers to stick to black.

We recently told you how the Queen’s beloved first home with Prince Philip is on the market for £5.3m – but it needs A LOT of renovation.

Earlier this year, we told you how Kate has “been making a real effort” with Meghan Markle and is keen to show there’s “no bad feelings” after “feud” rumours, a royal source claims.




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