Why it takes an hour to iron a single sheet for Charles and Camilla

Alicia Vrajlal
Entertainment Editor

Ironing can be one of the most time consuming of household chores, but most of us probably don’t have it as tough as those who work for the royals.

It’s been revealed that ironing a single bed sheet for the British royal family can take up to one hour, with not a crease expected to be in sight after those solid 60 minutes.

A segment from the Queen of the World documentary, which has already aired in the UK, shows what went into ensuring Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall’s bed linen was in fine form for their trip to Canada where they stayed at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall in Canada. Photo: Getty

“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,” master of the household, Christine MacIntyre explains in the segment.

“It takes over an hour to iron one sheet…. After a long day of travelling there’s nothing better than getting into a bed that doesn’t feel like a hotel bed,” she adds.

“And that’s what you’re trying to do, is to make it feel like they’re in their own bedroom and they are.”

What’s more, there’s not one but two people simultaneously ironing the sheets in that hour to ensure pristine condition.


Viewers reacted to the royals’ particular bedding requirement by taking to social media after watching the documentary.

“Over an hour to iron a bed sheet?! Bet the Royals wouldn’t even notice if it didn’t happen. #QueenoftheWorld,” one viewer wrote.

“Stick in the tumble dryer. It’ll be fine,” another penned.

Something tells us though that not even one crease would get past the royals.

It takes two people to iron one sheet. Photo: ITV

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