We’re all aware that the British queen is no longer an absolute monarch, but she and her family still boast plenty of power at home and enjoy the right to make some extraordinary requests – and they do! Here are eight of the most outrageous perks they enjoy, which may surprise you, and also make you slightly envious … 10 royal rules to follow when dining with Queen Elizabeth Why the queen never has blisters Given that she’s on her feet throughout almost every royal engagement she has, Queen Elizabeth is never seen to be limping as a result of blisters from her new kicks … because she has someone break in her shoes before she takes them on a walkabout. One person who has had the honour of walking in the queen’s shoes is her personal assistant and senior dresser , Angela Kelly, who wrote in her book The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe : “As has been reported a lot in the press, a flunkey wears in Her Majesty’s shoes to ensure that they are comfortable and that she is always good to go. And yes, I am that flunkey.” Inside Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s lucrative week in showbiz A playhouse like no other Royal children get some fabulous perks too, like this two-storey playhouse which is on the grounds of the Royal Lodge at Windsor. A lapis lazuli orb for a baby? 5 of Prince George’s most OTT birthday gifts Today I learned that this is Queen Elizabeth's cubby house/wendy house/playhouse. Y Bwthyn Bach is a two-thirds scale thatched cottage gifted to her on her sixth birthday. She's 94 today. Semi-related: there's a business op for deluxe flat-packed cubbies. Kids of Instagram. 🏡 pic.twitter.com/jmGXQr7yAB — Kate Kendall (@KateKendall) April 21, 2020 The house was given to Queen Elizabeth as a child in 1932, and features a thatched roof, lighting, plumbing and a kitchen! Monarch, mechanic, machine-gunner: 8 times Queen Elizabeth was hardcore Prince Charles had a personal toothpaste squeezer You know how putting toothpaste onto a brush takes a huge chunk out of the day? Not so much? Well, according to an interview with Princess Diana ’s former butler Paul Burrell, Prince Charles shaved seconds off the time it took to get ready in the morning by having one of his three valets squeeze “an inch of toothpaste” onto his brush for him. According to a report by Reader’s Digest , Michael Fawcett, one of his valets, would squeeze toothpaste onto his toothbrush every night. Burrell also dished that the Prince of Wales has his pyjamas and his shoelaces ironed for him each morning. How the British royals celebrate their birthdays Who needs an alarm clock when you’ve got bagpipes? The rest of us set our phones and pray they go off at the right time the next morning, but not if you’re a Windsor. There is actually a position in the royal household called The Piper to the Sovereign, which has existed since 1843, and is currently occupied by PM Paul Burns from the Royal Regiment of Scotland. Is Danish Queen Margrethe’s jewellery box better than Queen Elizabeth’s? View this post on Instagram A post shared by The Royal Family (@theroyalfamily) The piper must play the bagpipes every day at 9am under the queen’s window when she is at residence at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Balmoral or Holyroodhouse in Scotland. Fancy a cruise? The queen once had her own private yacht, the Royal Yacht Britannia, which she could hop onto whenever she liked. However, after 43 years in service, the vessel was decommissioned in 1997. In fact, at the ceremony ending its service, the queen was witnessed tearing up – rare for the woman who is known for her commitment to stoicism and a stiff upper lip . But as a perk of the job, the queen is also theoretically able to commandeer any ship found in British waters “for service to the realm”. Want more stories like this? Sign up here. Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .