Queen Elizabeth, 93, has become the country’s best-travelled monarch. Her Majesty has visited all four corners of the globe during her long lifetime. It stands to reason the Queen has mastered exactly what to take away with her in her luggage.
The kettle is likely a far cry from the travel kettles some globetrotters are used to.
However, she doesn’t just take the kettle by itself – it serves a purpose.
The Queen will also take supplies of Earl Grey tea with her when travelling.
It is understood to be specially created for her by Twinings to ensure the highest quality.
The tea – presumably made using the monogrammed kettle – is drunk plain.
Queen Elizabeth is believed not to take it with milk or sugar, unlike many people.
The royal home comforts do not stop there, however.
There are a few other items the head of the Royal Family likes to pop into her luggage.
The monarch also takes Harrods sausages to eat while she’s away.
Her comforts aren’t entirely consumable, though.
She also packs her own hot water bottle, pine-scented soaps and framed family photos, reported The Telegraph.
On one occasion, Elizabeth even supplied her own alcohol.
The Queen visited Zambia in 1979. Robert Hardman described the visit in his 2018 book Queen of the World.
Hardman wrote: “The British High Commission was bombarded with questions… The Master of the Royal Household wanted to know the precise dimensions of the plates that he hoped to use at his state banquet.
“He would also require twelve dozen bottles of tonic water and six dozen of soda.”
Hardman added: “The Queen would bring her own spirits to go with it.”
Charles and Camilla also sometimes take a secret stash of booze with them when they travel to avoid their drinks being tampered with, according to Telegraph reporter Gordon Rayner, who has attended 20 royal tours.
“Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall sometimes take their own alcohol so there’s no danger of their drinks being spiked,” Rayner told Conde Nast Traveler.