One of the perks of being royal is having a staff to take care of all your chores for you. At least, that’s what we thought before learning that Queen Elizabeth supposedly likes to roll up her sleeves to tackle a typically dreaded household task on her own: washing dishes.
Although we find it hard to imagine the monarch standing over a sink and scrubbing up plates or cutlery, former royal butler Paul Burrell shared the surprising intel in a recent episode of a podcast called The Secret To.
Burrell, who once worked as Elizabeth’s personal footman, claimed that she likes to go on picnics while staying at Balmoral (the family’s Scottish home) where she will have food prepared for her, but will do the washing up herself when she returns.
“She is stood there with her Marigolds on and she washes up and the lady-in-waiting dries,” he said, referring to the floral brand name of popular kitchen gloves in the UK. You can grab some for yourself (Buy on Amazon, $8.92) to feel a bit more regal while sudsing up dishes here across the pond, too.
As nice as it is to know that Elizabeth isn’t above such a normal chore, we can’t say we’d do the same if we got the chance to be royal for a day. In fact, out of all the household duties, doing the dishes would probably be one of the first we’d love to pass on to someone else.
This insight also comes on the heels of news that Elizabeth and Prince Philip are changing their holiday plans for the first time in over 30 years due to the pandemic. Rather than the traditional gathering of the extended family at Sandringham House in northern UK, the queen and duke will have a quiet celebration together as they remain at Windsor Castle where they have been hunkering down.
That said, the royal couple is still embracing the Christmas spirit with their festive decorations, as you can see with the gorgeous tree below.
We’re sure that like many other families across the globe right now, it will be sad to see less faces around the Christmas table this year… But having less dishes to scrub will at least be a small silver lining for both royals and us regular folks.
This article originally appeared on our sister site, Woman’s World.