Why the Queen's Parliament Speech Is Just So Weird
Queen Elizabeth II participated in the State Opening of Parliament in London last Wednesday, marking another occasion for "common folk" to reflect on the bizarre traditions that surround the royals' roles. While young royals like the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry have introduced a whole new generation of folks to the fine art of royal watching, the time-honoured traditions and protocols of many of the biggest aspects of the British royal family are still a mystery to many. For example, why doesn't the queen celebrate her birthday on, well, her actual birthday? And what's this business about not being allowed to marry Catholics? We've put together a helpful list of the biggest royal traditions to help demystify the actual act of being a royal.