It is no secret that the Queen was referred to as “the boss” within the confines of Buckingham Palace, and it has now been revealed that Her Late Majesty had a very strict policy regarding her grandchildren’s use of mobile phones.
The royal confidant told the MailOnline, quoting from his upcoming book Elizabeth: An Intimate Portrait by Gyles Brandreth, which is scheduled for publication in December, that the Queen not only had her own mobile phone but also never, ever permitted the younger royals to use them at the dinner table.
He explained in the piece: “She had her own smartphone and willing grandchildren who were willing to show her how to use it. She was able to understand texting, but she felt rather outmatched by apps. She also strictly prohibited her grandchildren from bringing “devices” to the dinner table.”
The late Queen was renowned for having a very special relationship with her grandchildren despite her strict rules when they were present. In one particularly touching moment in 2006, she caused Prince William to lose his composure while standing at the Sovereign’s Parade at The Royal Military Academy in Camberley.
A number of recently discovered pictures show the Prince of Wales grinning slightly as the Queen passes by him.
William’s emotion stood out even more because the other cadets had stern expressions of composure. We are curious as to what Her Majesty, who is renowned for her wonderful sense of humor, said to cause William to smile.
The monarch was grinning as well, so it was obvious that she knew exactly what she was doing. At that time, William was 34 years old and participated in the parade with 227 other cadets while donning a black uniform and red sash.
Princess Kate, who is now his wife, sat in the audience to watch William graduate.