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The Queen keeps a penknife in her purse for this reason.

The Queen surprised royals fans by revealing that she keeps a penknife in her purse, which is unusual for a 96-year-old woman. The monarch carried a penknife as a “throwback to her days as a girl guide,” according to royal expert Phil Dampier,

who penned What’s in the Queen’s Handbag And Other Royal Secrets. “Treats for her much-loved corgis; sometimes a crossword cut from a newspaper by a servant in case she has time to kill; a penknife, a diary, and a small camera,” the author told Hello Magazine.

Queen Elizabeth II became a Guide when she was 11 years old because her parents, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, wanted her to have a normal upbringing.

The 1st Buckingham Palace Guide Company was formed by a troop of 20 guides and 14 Brownies, including children of the royal household and its employees.

The summerhouse in the Palace’s garden was converted into the company’s headquarters.

According to various sources, the Queen’s bag also contains her glasses, mint lozenges, a fountain pen, and a “metal make-up case” reportedly given to her by the late Prince Philip.