13 Times The Royal Family Broke Protocol

  
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Being a member of the royal family can possibly be easy. Children have to follow certain protocols and so do the adults. There seem to be rules for everything — even marrying into the British monarchy! Some royals, however, choose to flout these rules. They choose to buck tradition and go with their hearts. Here are 13 times the royal family rebelled and broke royal protocol:

13. Princess Diana Picked Out Her Own Engagement Ring

Royal engagement rings are usually custom-made, but not Princess Diana’s! She selected her 12-carat oval blue Ceylon sapphire set in 18-karat white gold ring from one of Garrard & Co. Limited’s catalogs. The reason she chose this particular ring was that she wanted a sapphire and she liked this one more than the other half a dozen others she tried on.

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12. Princess Diana Brought Prince William on Tour to Australia

During Princess Diana and Prince Charles six-week tour of Australia and New Zealand, they broke with protocol by bringing nine-month-old William with them. This was done at Diana’s insistence – she didn’t want to be away from William. During Charles’ childhood, his mother, Queen Elizabeth, had no problem traveling without him. When he was one, his mother flew to Malta to spend Christmas with Prince Philip and left Charles with his grandparents. Through much of his infancy, Elizabeth was away from her young son so that she could spend as much time as possible with Philip.

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