How the royal family’s sheets take over an hour to iron

Revealed: How staff at the royal family’s Canadian residence spend more than an HOUR ironing a single sheet ahead of their visits

  • Christine MacIntyre is master of the household at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Canada
  • It is the royal family’s official residence during official tours to Canada
  • Christine explains that each sheet takes an hour to iron ahead of their visit 
  • Appeared on ITV documentary, Queen of the World, during Charles and Camilla’s visit to Ottawa for the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation

It is no secret that special measures are put in place to ensure that the royals are as comfortable as possible during their official engagements.

But viewers of the ITV documentary, Queen of the World, were baffled to learn that certain royal staff can spend over an hour ironing each bed sheet before making the beds.

In the programme, which aired on Tuesday night, we see the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall make a visit to Ottawa for the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation.

During their visit Charles and Camilla stayed at the Canadian royal residence of Rideau Hall. 

It was revealed in the ITV documentary Queen of the World that staff (pictured) at the Canadian royal residence Rideau Hall spend over an hour ironing each bed sheet ahead of royal visits  

The documentary sees master of the household Christine MacIntyre preparing for their visit in the laundry room. 

Explaining the process for making the beds Christine says: ‘After a long day of travelling there’s nothing better than getting into a bed that doesn’t feel like a hotel bed.


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‘That’s what you’r trying to do is to make it feel like they’re in their own bedroom and they are.’

Christine, who is responsible for overseeing every aspect of each royal visit, then explained that the sheets used are no ordinary bedding.

The documentary saw Prince Charles and Camilla stay at Rideau Hall for the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation. Pictured: The couple arriving in Ottawa in June 

The documentary sees master of the household Christine MacIntyre (pictured) preparing for their visit in the laundry room where she explains that they work hard to make the beds feel less ‘like a hotel room’

Christine explains that the sheets used on the royal beds are kept away until they come to visit

She continued: ‘There are special sheets that are used for members of the royal family and they’re kept aside and brought out on only those special occasions when they’re here.

‘It takes over an hour to iron one sheet.’

Two-part ITV documentary Queen of the World, which premiered on Tuesday night, focuses on the important role Her Majesty plays in the Commonwealth.

The documentary series also features interviews with the Queen’s daughter, Princess Anne, and grandson Prince Harry.

Rideau Hall (pictured) in Ottawa acts as home to the royal family during official visits to Canada

While the Duchess of Cambridge was largely absent, her sister-in-law the Duchess of Sussex featured in a touching scene that saw her reunited with her wedding dress and veil – which was painstakingly embroidered with flowers of the Commonwealth.

Queen Of The World examines the head of state’s role as a global figure and the baton she is passing on to younger members of the Royal Family, as they continue to strengthen ties with the family of nations.

Harry is now a Commonwealth Youth Ambassador and has already spoken about how his wife will join him in his work – which will see them begin a major Commonwealth tour in October.

Episode two of Queen of the World airs on Tuesday, you can watch episode one on the ITV Hub.

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