Royalty Equals Luxury

Conjuring up images of grand palaces, lavish clothing, impressive jewels and unapologetic indulgence, the concept of royalty is synonymous with luxury.

The word “royal” can be traced back to the 13th century. It is derived from the Latin word “regalis”, the adjective of the noun “rex”, which means “king“. It can be seen in similar forms in the French language (“roi”), the Medieval English (“rex”), the Indian “raj” and the Ethiopian “ras.” One may notice that, on the Beefeaters’ costumes at the Tower of London, a large ensignia reading “ERII” graces the front. This stands for “Elizabeth Regina II,” or Queen Elizabeth II.

Although “royal” may be synonymous with “extreme,” as in “This is a royal mess you’ve gotten into,” it is usually connected with the monarchy of any given country. Currently, only a few countries have an absolute monarchy. This is a goverment which is completely controlled by the king or queen, or similar figure. These countries include Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Vatican City. The modern countries with which we usally associate with the royal lifestyle, such as the United Kingdom and Spain, are actually constitutional monarchies; the royal figure does not actually have much power anymore, if at all.

The royal luxury of Queen Victoria

The royal luxury of Queen Victoria

Royalty has always been associated with the lush life. Tudor icon Henry VIII was draped in sumptuous fabrics as he gorged himself on the finest meats and ales. Marie Antoinette never uttered the thought “Let them eat cake” about her French subjects, but did drip in a right royal jewelry collection and live in the stunning, gilded palace of Versailles. Cleopatra, queen of Egypt, enjoyed her royal status with lavish banquets and no shortage of suitors.

Kings and queens in medieval Europe were the only people permitted to wear brightly dyed clothing and lush fabrics such as silk and velvet, trimmed in fur or fine feathers. These royals also shone with the precious stones that were affixed to their fine outfits. Throughout royal history, kings and queens have been spoiled in labyrinth-like dwellings and stunning suites, safe from societal and environmental threats, enjoying the finest foods and entertainment, being waited on by eager servants, and wanting for nothing.