Royal Family members instructed to learn foreign languages in strict royal travel rule

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From Queen Elizabeth II to the Duchess of Cambridge, the Royal Family are no strangers to international work as part of their duty representing the UK. However, unlike your typical holidaymaker, there are a number of things they must do in order to jet off.

One of these includes a very important lesson.

Failure to figure out this lesson could result in disgrace, or at least leave the royals somewhat red-cheeked.

According to royal protocol, family members must learn basic greetings in the native language of the country they are visiting.

Luckily, they are given a helping hand in learning foreign languages ahead of travels.

“The internal palace aids will always be on hand to prepare each royal before an important visit,” says Myka Meier, founder of Beaumont Etiquette, told Readers Digest.

“It is the correct protocol to practice the etiquette of the country or culture you are visiting, in order to show respect, so each royal knows how to make the best first impression.”

Of course, they are not expected to be fully fluent in the language, but even a small greeting goes a long way.

Despite this, it is reported that some of the Royals, including her majesty, can speak certain languages.

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Allegedly both Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles and Prince William can all speak French.

According to reports, French is the most widely spoken language in the Royal Family.

All of the Queen’s children are said to speak at least some French.

Similarly, Prince William’s wife Kate also speaks French.

It is thought that thanks to their schooling, at St Thomas’ School in Battersea, Prince William and Kate’s eldest children Prince George and Princess Charlotte may also be learning the language.

Prince Phillip is said to be able to speak German, possibly due to his heritage.

It is a bilingual skill that has also been picked up, at least in part, by Prince Charles and Prince William.

Meanwhile, a royal source told People magazine that Prince George and Princess Charlotte may know some Spanish.

This is potentially limited to just counting and basic phrases.

The source pointed to their Palencia-born nanny, Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo as their teacher.

They said: “She (Borrallo) said she is trying to teach Charlotte Spanish and said her son George can count up to ten in Spanish already.

There is also speculation that Prince Charles and his eldest son William can also speak a small amount of Welsh and Gaelic.

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