To the editors:

As anyone who reads Majesty magazine knows, the Queen carries a comb, a handkerchief, a small gold compact, and a tube of lipstick in her handbag. However, you were somewhat misled by Buckingham Palace [The Straight Dope, June 17]. The Queen does carry money on Sundays–a folded note of unknown denomination which she discreetly places into the collection plate.

Mr. Perez was also partially correct, Her Majesty does use her handbag as a security blanket. She carries it with her throughout the day as she moves from one room of the palace to another. She is rarely photographed without a handbag. All tables and her desk at Buckingham Palace and other Royal residences are equipped with special hooks on which the Queen may hang her ubiquitous handbag. Finally, the Queen never uses a shoulderbag or clutchbag as these make shaking hands and accepting flowers awkward.

I could go on to discuss the Queen’s hats, but perhaps that would be a bit much.

Elizabeth Giangrego

N. Pine Grove