Hugo said: “It would be very worrying if you were talking to the Queen and saw the handbag move from one hand to the other. It would be done very nicely.
“Someone would come along and say, ‘Sir, the Archbishop of Canterbury would very much like to meet you’.”
The Queen is believed to have owned more than 200 Launer handbags, her preferred styles being the Royale and the black patent Traviata.
But it wasn’t only her bag that was used to enact her escapes, but also her wedding ring.