The strange rules and traditions of the British royal family

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Curtsy and nod - When greeting the King or Queen, women are required to curtsy and men must bow their heads (even their own family). 

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They walk away first - The King or Queen must always be the first person to turn around and leave when a conversation is over. 

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The Queen takes the last bite - At formal dinners, the Queen would decide when the meal was over. Everyone else had to stop eating once she'd taken her last bite. 

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No shellfish - It's said that royals are banned from eating shellfish, most likely because of the risk of food poisoning. 

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No garlic - It's rumored that there garlic was banned at Buckingham Palace because the Queen didn't like it.

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Christmas presents - Unlike most British families, the royal family opens their Christmas presents on Christmas Eve instead of early on Christmas day.

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Myrtle bouquet - Traditionally, royal brides always carry a sprig of myrtle in their bouquets. The flower is thought to symbolize love and marriage. 

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The royal wedding party - A royal wedding party must always include a gaggle of young children to act as flower girls and page boys. Adorable! 

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No PDA - Royal family members are discouraged from engaging in public displays of affection. No kissing, or even hand-holding while in the public eye. 

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Accepting gifts - Royals are obliged to accept all gifts graciously, no matter what they are. Here Kate Middleton accepts a blow-up yellow duck with a delighted smile.

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Non-royals shouldn't touch royals - It's rumored that people outside of the royal family aren't supposed to touch the royals. LeBron James is breaking all the rules here! 

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No voting - Royals are not allowed to vote or express political opinions publicly. 

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The exception to the rules - The only royals who are completely above the law are the family dogs. They can do as they please.

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