The royal family on the balcony at Buckingham Palace.

The royal family on the balcony at Buckingham Palace.Carfax2 / CC

The life of a Royal isn't all just fun and games but some of the rules to being a royal are so strange they might surprise you.

There is, in fact, some rules that must be strictly adhered to. Some of these rules are enforced more strictly than others, but each has a purpose.

Should a rule be broken, as we have seen in the past, the punishment is unclear. Whether or not King Charles will lay down the law personally remains to be seen.

Here are the 4 of the strangest rules the Royal Family has to follow

1. No Politics

The Royal Family are forbidden from engaging in the democratic process and sharing their political views. King Charles is the Head of State and the Church of England, so he must remain completely neutral when it comes to politics. 

2. Traveling abroad? Pack all black 

When traveling abroad or on Royal duties, every member of the Royal Family must ensure that they have packed an all-black outfit. The reason? Well, should the unfortunate situation arise where there is a sudden death, the Royals will have appropriate clothing for the occasion. A grim rule, but one that makes sense nonetheless.

4. Heirs cannot travel together 

Another somewhat morbid rule, this one certainly makes sense. Two heirs to the throne are forbidden from traveling together by plane. This means that once Prince George turns 12, he and his dad will have to fly everywhere separately. 

Prince George

Prince George

* Originally published in Jan 2020.