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Queen Elizabeth's DIY hack for breaking in shoes: Hire someone to do it

by Ree Hines / / Source: TODAY

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Opulent surroundings, royal engagements, the power to confer titles and peerages — the perks of palace life are more than most of us could even imagine.

Except for this one!

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Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she arrives to meet residents during a visit to Priory View, in Dunstable on April 11, 2017.WPA Pool via Getty Images

According to the Evening Standard, Her Royal Highness only wears a pair of shoes after her very own hired helper has broken them in, thus ensuring the queen's pumps never pinch.

"The shoes have to be immediately comfortable," Stewart Parvin, the man behind the monarch's wardrobe, told the Standard.

"She does get someone to wear them. The queen can never say 'I’m uncomfortable, I can’t walk anymore.'"

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Queen Elizabeth II attends Commonwealth Day celebrations service and reception at Westminster Abbey on March 13, 2017, in London, England.Samir Hussein / WireImage

In order to ensure that doesn't happen, the specially appointed staff member wears them first.

But, as with all things royal, there's a certain protocol that must be maintained to make sure the queen's boots don't blister.

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For instance, Parvin revealed that one does not go without socks in the queen's loafers.

The person on shoe duty must wear a pair of beige ankle socks during the breaking-in period and only walk on carpet.

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“She has the right to have someone wear them in," he added.

And when they "wear them in," they're usually wearing the queen's go-to shoe, a bespoke pair of low-heeled patent leather slip-ons by Anello & Davide.

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