The Queen’s bedsheets at her Canadian residence are ironed for hours when she visits

By Meaghan Wray

Not a detail is missed when it comes to the British Royal Family and their overseas tours. And when the Queen is visiting her home away from home, Canada, she takes matters very seriously – especially when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep. In the new royal documentary Queen of the World , royal watchers learn that the staff of Rideau Hall, her Canadian home, spend over an hour ironing each and every bedsheet in anticipation of her arrival.

It’s no surprise that this is the case, considering Her Majesty has visited the Great White North more than any other country during her reign! Christine Macintyre, Master of the Household, shared the secret behind the Queen and Prince Philip’s comfortable slumber – extra special, perfectly ironed sheets that are kept aside just for them. “There are special sheets that are used for members of the royal family, and they are kept aside and brought out only on those special occasions. It takes over an hour to iron one sheet,” she revealed.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Ottawa in 2011. Photo: © TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images

So many trips across the pond can take its toll, so when the monarch travels, it’s imperative that she arrives to pure comfort. “After a long day of travelling, there is nothing better than going in to a bed that doesn’t feel like a hotel bed,” Christine shared. “And this is what you’re trying to do – make them feel like they are in their own bedroom.” The Queen has visited the home at least 25 times through the years, and other royals have stayed there, too, like Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall . The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have also rested their heads in the stunning Canadian abode.

Rideau Hall has been the official residence of the Canadian monarch since 1867. According to Ottawa Tourism, the home was originally built by Thomas McKay in 1838, who lived in it with his family until 1855. Once Bytown (now known as Ottawa) was chosen as the national capital, the Crown leased the beautiful building from Thomas’s family for $4,000 a year before purchasing it outright for $82,000 in 1868.

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