The secret signals the Queen sends with her handbag

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The Queen loves a staple accessory. Since 1952, Elizabeth II has rarely been seen without her favourite Anello and Davide block heels, a faultless designer hat, and a handbag made by Launer London.

But the Queen's accessories could have a more important purpose.

According to royal experts, if the Queen pops her handbag on the table at dinner, it reportedly means she wants dinner to end within the next five minutes.

If it goes on the floor, rumour has it, she's tired of the conversation and wants to be whisked off quickly by her lady-in-waiting. If only this applied to us all...

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If one day you're lucky enough to meet the 91 year-old-monarch yourself and you notice she switches her handbag from one arm to the other, this is another sign you're keeping her too long.

“It would be very worrying if you were talking to the Queen and saw the handbag move from one hand to the other” royal historian Hugo Vickers told People. “It would be done very nicely,” he added, “someone would come along and say, ‘Sir, the Archbishop of Canterbury would very much like to meet you.'”

The Queen is rumoured to own more than 200 Launer London bags. Royale and black patent Traviata is her preferred style because of its long handle means she can easily hook it over her arm as she shakes hands.

But what exactly does the Queen keep in her handbag? A passport? They're issued in her name so she does not need one. A driving license? Same thing. Keys? We highly doubt it. Funnily enough, it's a bit of cash, but only on Sundays.

Back in 2012, it was revealed by royal biographer Sally Bedell Smith that Her Majesty keeps either a £5 or £10 in her bag to donate to the church every Sunday.

Along with the money, several royal insiders and previous ladies-in-waiting have revealed the Queen also keeps lipstick and, according to Clarins, reportedly one of the Queen's favourite brands, the brand's own hand and nail treatment.

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Other practicals include Kleenex and a comb to keep that iconic hair in good shape. But according to royal handbag expert, Phil Dampier, there's more to be found in her Maj's bag.

"A collection of good luck charms given to her by her children, including miniature dogs, horses and saddles, clutter up the bag" Dampier writes in What's In The Queen's Handbag: And Other Royal Secrets.