What the Royal Family Actually Does Every Day
The British royal family members are arguably the most famous people in the world, and have legions of fans who know their names, faces, and line of succession to the throne across the world.
But if you were to ask "what do the royal family actually do every day?" you wouldn't be the only one: It's a thought that has undoubtedly crossed many minds – especially when you consider that they don't have "jobs" to make money because they're supported by taxpayers and a family fortune.
So, what is it that the Queen and her family get up to every day? Let's see ...
The Queen's calendar is filled with various commitments known by the all-inclusive term "engagements," which refers to numerous activities such as hosting heads of state, throwing parties at palaces, taking diplomatic trips and more, Business Insider reports.
In fact, The Telegraph recorded that the Queen attended 341 engagements in 2015 at the age of 89, which is more than Prince Harry, Prince William and Kate Middleton carried out combined.
As well as that, Queen Elizabeth II is tasked with giving her stamp of approval to any legislation passed by Parliament before it becomes law (though the official royal family website task it as more of a formality—no monarch has refused to give Royal Assent since 1707).
The official royal website also states: "The Queen has the sole right of conferring titles of honour on deserving people," meaning she personally presents OBEs, MBEs and CBEs, as well as a whole range of other honors and merits.
Oh, and did we mention she's the Colonel-in-Chief of the armed forces, which means she attends multiple military ceremonies a year and is the Supreme Governor of the Church of England, appoints new bishops, archbishops and deans?
Yeah, she's a busy lady.
The Duke of Edinburgh in July 2015
THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH
As well as supporting the Queen on a large number of charitable engagements, Prince Phillip is a Patron or President of some 800 organizations. Best known for founding The Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme in 1956, the official website says: "His Royal Highness is also involved in the work of many more charities and organizations which reflect his wide-ranging interests in topics including conservation, sport, the military and engineering."
THE DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE
Prince William became a part-time East Anglian air ambulance pilot in March 2015, but recently announced that he has decided to quit the 60-hour-a-week job in order to spend more time with his family and act out royal duties on behalf of the Queen.
"It has been a huge privilege to fly with the East Anglian Air Ambulance," the Duke said in a statement. "Following on from my time in the military, I have had experiences in this job I will carry with me for the rest of my life, and that will add a valuable perspective to my royal work for decades to come ... I have loved being part of a team of professional, talented people that save lives every day. My admiration for our country's medical and emergency services community could not be any stronger."
William with the East Anglian Air Ambulance, July 2013
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George and Princess Charlotte, March 2016
THE DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE
As well as being a full-time mom to George, 3, and Charlotte, 1, Kate Middleton accompanies husband William on any royal duties he's been delegated from his grandmother. Together, they have taken a number of official tours in recent years, including a trip to Canada in 2016.
The official royal website outlines that the role of the Royal Family ("the Queen's children, grandchildren and their spouses") is to undertake official duties, including over 2,000 official engagements, entertaining 70,000 people and replying to 100,000 letters a year.
Kate also dedicates a lot of her time to supporting a number of charities and organizations, "is a committed champion of issues related to children's mental health and emotional wellbeing," and a committed supporter of Action on Addiction and East Anglia's Children's Hospices, as well as a Patron of eight organizations.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011
Prince Harry worked in the Armed Forces for 10 years, conducting two tours of duty to Afghanistan with the British Army, ending operational duties in 2015. The official website says he "now spends his working life supporting a number of charitable activities and projects and carrying out public duties in support of the Queen." He lives at Kensington Palace.
Charitable activities include how Harry helped to set up the Invictus Games, an international Paralympic-style multi-sport event, which he has since organized every two years, as well as being a co-founder of Sentebale, a charity that aims to help orphans in Lesotho, southern Africa.
Harry also works with the "Coach Core" program — a foundation that hopes to improve the availability and quality of sport in the UK, is a prolific believer in mentoring schemes (he is part of a Foundation that provides formal qualifications and apprenticeships for those likely to fall into youth violence) and has spent months at a time working on conservation projects in southern Africa.
Prince Harry in May 2016
THE PRINCE OF WALES AND THE DUCHESS OF CORNWALL
Charles and Camilla conduct many royal engagements, with the official website splitting his job into three parts:
Undertaking official Royal duties in support of Her Majesty The Queen and on behalf of Her Majesty's Government, working as a charitable entrepreneur, by supporting charitable and civil causes which promote positive social and environmental outcomes and promoting and protecting national traditions, virtues and excellence.
Charles engages in many overseas visits "at the request of the British Government to further British diplomatic interests," as well as heading up the 13 Prince's Charities, including The Prince's Trust, The British Asian Trust and Business in the Community.
As for Camilla, the royal website outlines she has "become Patron or President of a number of charities and regularly attends events to support them," as well as attending many commitments to support her husband.
Charles and Camila's official wedding photo in April 2005
Other members of the royal family
As the Independent cites, many royal family members have had "normal" jobs over the years: Edward, the Queen's youngest son, once worked for Andrew Lloyd Webber's theatre company, while his wife had her own PR agency. The Queen's second son Andrew, worked in government as the UK's Special Representative for International Trade and Investment, while the Queen's only daughter, Anne, was an Olympic athlete on Great Britain's equestrian team.
Harper's Bazaar report that Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, the Queen's granddaughters, have everyday jobs: Eugenie is an associate director at an art gallery, while Beatrice's website says that she "works full time in the business world." The Queen's first cousin, Prince Michael, owns a consultancy business, and his wife is an interior designer.
So, got a clearer idea now? Same.
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.