We always think of the Queen as someone who has her estate very much in order.
She's an unflappable type who has steadily manned the good ship Britain through a dizzying plethora of world events, from regime change to political upheaval and terrorist attacks.
So, it comes as no surprise to discover that Her Majesty has the lesser minutiae of her daily routine completely sorted.
We're all familiar with the irritating rub and potential of blisters that new shoes bring with them.
And given her ever-demanding schedule, HRH has wisely decided to sidestep this annoyance altogether.
In what must surely be the ultimate symbol of winning at life, it has been revealed that the long-standing British monarch calls on a junior member of Buckingham Palace staff to break in her shoes for her.
The Queen's black patent leather shoes
The ingenious move was unveiled by royal dressmaker Stewart Parvin, who has designed pieces for the Queen's wardrobe for the past ten years.
“The shoes have to be immediately comfortable … she does get someone to wear them," he revealed. "The Queen can never say ‘I’m uncomfortable, I can’t walk any more'.
“She has the right to have someone wear them in.”
The footwomen in question wear beige cotton ankle socks while breaking in the new shoes.
They must only walk on carpet while doing so, presumably to minimise the opportunity for wear and tear before the shoes are handed onto the Queen.
The Queen is a creature of habit when it comes to footwear, having worn the same model of patent leather slip-ons with a low heel for the past 50 years.
The classic shoes, handmade by Anello & Davide of Kensington, come in at around £1,000 a pair. Her Majesty usually wears them in black, with a subtle adornment such as a gold chain detail or bow.
The Queen's designer Stewart Parvin received a Royal Victorian Order for his work
Parvin was approached by royal courtiers some years ago, and briefed with the task of giving the monarch's wardrobe a more contemporary look.
He says he and the Queen mutually decide on the bold colours she is often seen wearing.
"Designing for someone who looks so wonderful in [any] clothes is very easy," he previously said of his job.
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