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Royal protocol sees Princess Anne and Prince Charles travel with 'secret' luggage tags

Princess Anne and Prince Charles attend the most engagements out of any of the royals most years, with the Princess Royal dubbed the hardest working royal in 2017 alone. As part of their royal duty, the Queen’s children must represent the monarchy at a number of events and engagements all around the world.

As a result of the numerous engagements packed into trips, the Royal Family don’t often pack light.

With so much luggage to transport from one corner of the world to the next, there has to be a streamlined way for the royal staff to know which bag belongs to which royal.

This is why the Royal Family has its own secret baggage tag system which Princess Anne and Prince Charles are a part of.

To an onlooker, this rainbow of luggage tags may mean absolutely nothing, however, they have a distinct meaning for royal staff.

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The Duchess of Cambridge has also been know to use yellow tags which away on an official tour.

Prince William, like his father, has been assigned red in the past, meanwhile, his son Prince George has been given a blue tag.

Not only are there tags labelled which bag belongs to which royals, but luggage is also often assigned a second tag that directs where it needs to go.

If the second label is blue this means the bag is wanted on the aircraft.

A green secondary tag means the bag is being directed to the hotel, while a yellow label means the tag is going to a residence.

A residence tag is normally needed if they are visiting someone at their home, or if an official in the destination has opened up their home for the royals to stay in.

Of course, the Royal Family members such as Princess Anne aren’t carrying their own luggage.

Often the royals travel with an entourage of support staff which can range from public relations teams to hairdressers.

In the past, these staff members have been photographed helping load and unload luggage from the aircraft.

When it comes to luggage, the Royal Family don’t use any old holdalls or suitcases.Kate and Prince William, for example, are said to have a collection of high-end luggage from the luxury travel brand Globe-Trotter.

Kate is also reported to be a fan of Longchamp and Cath Kidston bags to use as hand luggage.

She has been photographed carry bags from both brands in several colours and sizes.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Travel Feed

Prince Charles packs 'discreet' hand luggage tipple in case of 'danger'

As the next in line for the throne, Prince Charles must travel around the world regularly representing the monarchy. Frequently travelling alongside his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Prince of Wales has perfected the ideal packing list to keep them both content during their journey.

Prince Charles is not the only royal who has a specific list of essentials that must be packed when travelling.

According to insiders, Queen Elizabeth II often packs her own supply of water.

Speaking as part of Channel 5 documentary Secrets of the Royal Flight, former Royal Spokesperson Dickie Arbiter revealed: “The only thing the Queen requests to have wherever she is is Malvern Water.

“She likes Malvern water, it’s refreshing and they usually take lots of it with her.”

As well as strict criteria for her onboard refreshments, the Monarch also has some requirements when it comes to the type of food and snacks she enjoys while travelling.

Ms Andrews explained: “She particularly likes egg and cress sandwiches cut in particular ways and for supper, she always liked to start with smoked salmon.”

The Queen does have a few small treats she allows herself.

As author Andrew Morton explains in his 1983 book, Andrew: The Playboy Prince, she occasionally “allows herself one little indulgence – her love of chocolate mints.”

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Travel Feed

Kate Middleton's travel secrets: What the Duchess always carries in her luggage

You might think the Duchess actually has someone packing the bags for her, and although she probably does, she does have a few personal preferences when it comes to preparing for a trip.

Wrap individual items

The Duchess would never pack her clothes shoved into the suitcase like most of us do when going on holidays.

It is believed that Kate folds and wraps her belongings using tissue paper.

Her dresses are always carried separately in individual clothes carriers.

Sister-in-law Meghan Markle admitted to packing her clothes with tumble dryer sheets between them to keep them smelling fresh.


Wear wrinkle-free travel clothes

Kate always makes sure she wears wrinkle-free travel clothes when travelling, especially when flying internationally.

That way, and after a long-haul flight, she always looks flawless.

Clothes made of polyester, nylon, acrylic and olefin are the best options.

“All the Duchess or her ‘people’ have to do is familiarise themselves with the best wrinkle-free fabrics,” explained Scott Henshall, former creative director of Mulberry. 

It is known that the Duchess always carries a compact mirror, blotting paper, a handkerchief and lip balm.

Because we all know how flying can dehydrate your skin, some of the skincare products she always relies on when she travels are:

A moisturiser with SPF and a hydrating face mask.

Hairstylist, Amanda Cook Tucker, has previously revealed her travel case contains 13 brushes and that Kate’s absolute hair essential is Elnett’s Supreme Hold Hairspray.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Travel Feed

Hand luggage: 'Rolling' technique could end up costing holidaymakers – 'common mistake'

Airlines around the world have their own specific requirements for hand and cabin bag luggage, with many issuing an additional cost to check-in bags over a certain size or weight. As a result, holidaymakers can find themselves desperately trying to imagine new ways of packing that sidesteps these restrictive rules.
With holidays on the horizon for many Britons thanks to the Government’s “traffic light” system, baggage woes once again rearing their heads.

However, it turns out some of the techniques travellers think will save space and ultimately money might actually result in them taking up more room.

Nicole Street is the Co-Founder of Duchy, a luxury, sustainable handbag and travel luggage brand, and knows a thing or two about how to pack efficiently.

“When it comes to packing, we all too enthusiastically roll our clothes and accessories in an effort to save space,” she told Express.co.uk.

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“In reality, it leaves your belts taking up more room.

“Instead, lay your flat belts along the edges of your suitcase or the bottom of your bag.”

According to Ms Street, there is another item that holidaymakers often finds pushing them battling with the baggage allowance.

“Shoes are bulky and whether we like it or not, they take up a lot of room,” she said.

“Often, we pack our shoes in pairs and simply accept that they’re engulfing our luggage – fortunately, this needn’t be the case.

“Avoid packing your shoes in pairs and to save extra room, place them around the edges of your case or bag with their soles facing outwards.

“Meanwhile, place small items like socks and jewellery inside your shoes. That’s right, they can be storage too.”

There are also some items Ms Street recommends avoiding putting into your suitcase and instead suggests you wear them.

“Sometimes the most traditional tips are the most effective and definitely shouldn’t be forgotten,” she pointed out.

“For example, the suggestion that you should layer up and wear any heavy, bulky items you’d like to pack whilst travelling makes a lot of sense.

“Why squeeze them into your suitcase when you can make vital room for even more light pieces?

“Plus, if you’re hopping on a plane – which are known to be freezing – this will keep you warmer.”

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Travel Feed

Jane McDonald warns ‘be prepared’ as she shares luggage tips for British river cruise

Jane McDonald appeared for the third instalment of the latest season of Cruising with Jane McDonald on Channel 5. The cruise enthusiast booked a four-berth private luxury river cruise with two of her girlfriends, Sue and Olwen, for their 70th birthdays. The cruise saw Jane and her friends begin their journey at Hampton Court before finishing at Henley-on-Thames.
Jane began by showing viewers how she packs up her toiletries for a cruise.

She used a hanging toiletry bag which she lay out on the bed before hanging up in her bathroom.

Jane doesn’t unpack her toiletries but simply uses them from the bag when she needs them.

She added: “I always have it packed with everything that I need for travelling.”

“I’ll put an outfit on a hanger so that I know what scarf goes with what jacket.

“Then, I know exactly where the trousers are.

“The white boots – these I brought because you just never know when you want a little sexy outfit!

“We might do that because it’s the girls’ birthday week.”

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Travel Feed

Invasive giant African snails found in luggage at JFK Airport: Officials

QUEENS, New York — They’re slow, slimy and a menace to society.Such are the giant African snails discovered during a baggage examination at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City on Sunday.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists caught 22 of the highly invasive, slimy critters after checking a U.S. man, who arrived on a flight from Ghana.Additionally, specialists found prohibited ox tail, dried beef, turkey berry, carrot, medicinal leaves and prekese, a traditional African spice and medicinal plant product.

“Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists are our nation’s frontline defenders against invasive plant and animal pests that threaten our agricultural resources, and they face this complex and challenging mission with extraordinary commitment and vigilance,” said Marty Raybon, Acting Director of Field Operations for CBP’s New York Field Office.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the giant African snail is one of the most damaging of its kind in the world.

The critter consumes at least 500 types of plants and can cause extensive damage to tropical and sub-tropical environments.It also causes structural damage to plaster and stucco.

To make matters worse, the snails pose a serious health risk to humans, because it carries a parasitic nematode that can cause meningitis.

Giant African snails reproduce quickly, producing 1,200 eggs in a single year.

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Hand luggage warning: What you should never do with electronic items in cabin bags

Flights see plane passengers travelling with a variety of all-important belongings, often including electronic items. A plethora of rules accompany hand luggage[1] that must be adhered to. Bags are checked at airport security, and making one mistake, in particular, could catch travellers out.
The current travel advice[2] stipulates you should never travel with any electronic items which have no battery left and cannot be turned on.

“Make sure your electronic devices are charged before you travel,” explains the Government.

“If your device does not switch on when requested, you will not be allowed to take it onto the aircraft.”

Airline British Airways[3] reiterates this on their website.

“You can generally take electric and electronic items in your hand or checked baggage, but need to follow specific safety instructions,” BA details.

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“Airport security staff may ask you to turn on electronic or battery-powered devices, such as phones, tablets, e-books and laptops, to demonstrate they function.

“If you’re not able to do this, you will not be able to take your device with you.”

If this happens to passengers travelling from London Heathrow there are two options they can choose from.

Firstly: “If you want to take your device in your hand baggage, you can rebook to a later flight but will then need to ensure that it is charged ahead of your new flight,” said BA.

“A fee might apply for changing your booking, subject to your ticket type.”


The second option is: “You can leave your device with a member of our customer service team and collect it on your return, or have it sent to an address of your choice using the MailandFly-Service.

“You will need to complete a MailandFly form, follow the instructions on the receipt and go to MailAndFly.com to submit your contact, delivery and payment details. You will be able to claim back the postal costs by contacting Customer Relations.”

If you’re travelling from London Gatwick or a non-UK airport, BA advises contacting its customer services team at the airport who can advise on available options.

Further safety instructions from BA detail: “Please ensure that any items in your hand baggage are fully charged and switched on before you arrive at the airport.

“If your device is not charged, please place it in your checked baggage.

“If you are connecting, make sure that you do not deplete power in your devices during the first part of your journey as charging points at airports might be very limited and you may need an adapter.”

The airline adds: “You can still use your device on board.”

By proving your device works as normal, a security screener knows that the phone, laptop or tablet is not hiding hidden explosives where the batteries are stored.

In 2014, the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced it would not allow mobile phones or other electronic devices on US-bound planes unless travellers were able to turn them on at the request of security staff.

It was ruled anyone who had a powerless device would be barred from boarding their US flight.

They would have to reschedule the flight even if they offered to give up the item or send it on separately.

After the rule was introduced in the US, the UK Department for Transport (DfT) said the extra security checks would also apply to unspecified flights to and from the UK.

The DfT issued updated guidelines in 2014, saying: “In line with the US advice, passengers on some routes into and out of the UK may now also be required to show that electronic devices in their hand luggage are powered up or face not being allowed to bring the device onto the aircraft.

“Passengers flying into or out of the UK are therefore advised to make sure electronic devices being carried in their hand luggage are charged before they travel.”


  1. ^ hand luggage (www.express.co.uk)
  2. ^ travel advice (www.express.co.uk)
  3. ^ British Airways (www.express.co.uk)
  4. ^ Covid international travel: When will hotel quarantine rules end? (www.express.co.uk)

Hand luggage: Travel experts reveal best way to save space in cabin baggage

“So no matter how long you are going, a week’s worth of clothing will be all you need.”

It’s also vital you pack your headphones if you plan to listen to or watch something during the flight.

“Don’t listen to your movie, TV show, or game without headphones,” said Trav and Heather.

“If you forget headphones, ask for them, but man, it’s annoying when the person behind you or next to you thinks you want to listen to Harry Potter too.”

Queen Elizabeth: Go-to 5p travel essential monarch packs in her luggage when jet-setting

Queen Elizabeth has travelled to numerous countries across the globe. She has carried out a plethora of state visits as well as travelled for pleasure. Like many Britons, she likes to take some home comforts with her when jet-setting.
English brand Twinings previously created a special blend just for Her Majesty.

Twining’s Earl Grey is a lemon and bergamot flavoured black tea.

Boxes of 100 teabags currently retail for £5.29 each on Twinings.co.uk.

Therefore, the Queen’s beloved drink is more than affordable at 5p per teabag.


The monarch is believed to drink the tea in a very specific way.

She only drinks it with a splash of milk.

The royal also does not take sugar.

While her preference for tea is known – her favourite food has not been shared.

This is because hosts on royal tours would likely always serve that food or dish making it nigh-on inescapable.

Gordon Rayner, former royal correspondent for The Telegraph, has covered more than 20 royal tours and discovered this fact from a member of staff.

He said: “As one of her staff told me, ‘If she said she had a favourite meal she would never get served anything else.’”