Queen’s good luck charms that she always carries with her – and Kate and Meghan have their own too

The Queen likes to stick to tradition, from wearing bright colours so she stands out, celebrating her birthday twice a year and always carrying a handbag.

But it's what's inside her signature tote that we're interested in, as it's been revealed the monarch likes to carry a selection of good luck charms with her.

She's not the only Royal family member who is a fan of a trinket either, Kate Middleton reportedly had her own for the birth of her son Princes Louis, and Meghan Markle likes to sport charms with hidden meanings.

Just like any normal grandmother, the Queen carries mint lozenges, reading glasses, a fountain pen, lipstick and tissues.

But she also has a few personal items that appear to mean a lot to her including miniature dogs and horses believed to be from her children and grandchildren.

Royal experts Phil Dampier and Ashley Walton detailed the items in their 2007 book What's In The Queen's Handbag: And Other Royal Secrets, as well as claiming HRH carries a photo of Prince Andrew when he returned back from the Falklands in 1982.

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The monarch is never seen without her handbag from British brand Launer and has been wearing it since 1968, and they serve a more complicated purpose than completing her outfit.

Her Majesty also uses her bags to signal to her staff, if it's placed on the table it means she wishes to leave within five minutes, if it is placed on the floor she wishes to leave a conversation she is not enjoying, if she switches it from different arms it means a guest is taking too long.

The Queen only ever has money inside her purse on a Sunday, where she keeps a £5 or £10 note to donate to her church.

As well as the Queen, it was reported ahead of Prince Louis' birth that Kate had a selection of her own good luck charms that were joining her at the Lindo Wing.

Her treasured good luck charms come from the Queen herself and Kate's mother Carol Middleton.

The Duchess of Cambridge holds close to her heart a 19th-century alabaster cameo pendant which was as gift from Prince William's grandmother.

Kate also reportedly took her mother's black onyx beads to have on hand at the hospital, while William gave her a Madagascan vanilla aromatherapy candle and a CD of “calming music.”

Her older children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, also gave their mum their favourite stuffed animals for her to carry in her hospital bag for good luck.

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For Meghan she wears her good luck charms in full view, often sporting a collection of jewellery that has special meaning to her.

The former Duchess of Sussex, who is currently in Los Angeles with Prince Harry after stepping down from their duties as senior royals, sent a subtle message with one pendant that signified her good fortune and growing love for Harry.

Another recent charm she wore during a video call with a young interviewee was an evil eye pendant that often stands for protection against negative energies.

When Meghan appeared in an interview for her Disney documentary Elephant, which she narrated, the royal was also wearing two pendants that featured the star signs of her husband and one-year-old son Archie.

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It's not the first time the Duchess of Sussex has worn the pendants, a smaller round coin-shaped trinket with a Taurus signature on it by small Canadian jewellery brand Suetables (£159), in honour of his 6 May birthday.

Meghan then layered up with another longer style charm that featured Harry's Virgo starsign in tribute to his 15 September birthday.

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