The Queen has left a “secret signal” to her staff during her meeting with Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom George Brandis.
The former attorney-general and Queensland senator took up his post in London earlier this month, replacing Alexander Downer, and met the Queen on Wednesday.
But attention was drawn to the positioning of the Queen’s bag on a chair in front of the fireplace.
According to The Australian, the placement of the bag is a secret message to her staff on whether the meeting was a success.
As the bag is placed on the chair, the Queen reportedly was happy to have a decent chat with Mr Brandis.
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But if the handbag was instead on the floor, it would suggest to her staff she needed someone to intervene in the conversation.
If the bag was placed on the table, that would signify she only wanted five minutes with Mr Brandis.
Attention was also drawn to a photograph of Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex in the room where the Queen received Mr Brandis, believed to have been taken prior to the royal wedding on May 19.
According to Hello!, the photo is believed to have replaced a framed image of the Queen’s daughter Princess Anne and her husband, Timothy Laurence.
Earlier this month, Mr Brandis controversially labelled the government of his former colleague, Tony Abbott, as “ideologically right wing”.
This sparked an angry response from Mr Abbott who tweeted: “George Brandis has begun his ambassadorship with a partisan attack that rewrites history”.