Decoding the secrets of Queen Elizabeth's purse
The Queen is rarely seen without her purse and is rumoured to own 200 Launer handbags
For nearly as long as the Queen has been in the public eye, so have her many purses.
Unlike her subjects, who must keep keys and wallets and other essentials on hand, Elizabeth has no such mundane needs. Buckingham Palace's doors are always open to her, and she travels with attendants who keep her supplied with tissue, extra gloves and whatever else she might require. Nonetheless, wherever the Queen goes, her purse goes with her.
The purse's biggest secret might not be what's inside, though, but where it's positioned. Just like you've seen in your favourite spy films, Queen Elizabeth is said to use her purse to discreetly signal her staff, shifting its location to let them know when she needs to be rescued from an awkward conversation.
This weekend, representatives from across the Commonwealth will celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday with the Trooping the Colour parade and other public festivities. CBC News will bring you special coverage from London all weekend long.