Royals Royal Beekeeper Had to Inform Queen Elizabeth's Bees of Her Death: 'It Is Traditional' John Chapple told the bees that King Charles is their "new master" following the death of the late monarch By Stephanie Wenger Stephanie Wenger Instagram Twitter Stephanie Wenger is a TV Writer/Reporter at PEOPLE. She joined the brand in 2021 as digital news writer, spanning across the site's verticals. She previously contributed to E! Online, HollywoodLife, Discover Los Angeles, Oscar.com and Hollywood.com. She appeared on air at AfterBuzz TV. She began her journalism career as an intern at Good Morning America and Access Hollywood. She graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor's in communications and received a Master's in journalism from the University of Southern California. People Editorial Guidelines Published on September 14, 2022 04:03 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA Images/Getty Goodbye to the Queen Bee. The royal beekeeper, John Chapple, told The Daily Mail that he informed the tens of thousands of bees residing in hives at Buckingham Palace and Clarence House that King Charles is their "new master" after Queen Elizabeth died on September 8. The ritual is part of a tradition in which bees must be told of change in ownership; otherwise, they will no longer produce honey and will leave the hive, according to the outlet. The tradition is best known in England, but also happens in Ireland, Wales, Germany, Netherlands, France, Switzerland, Bohemia and the United States. "It is traditional when someone dies that you go to the hives and say a little prayer and put a black ribbon on the hive," Chapple shared. A History of Queen Elizabeth II and Her Devotion to Corgis Andrew Milligan/PA Images/Getty Can't get enough of PEOPLE's Royals coverage? Sign up for our free Royals newsletter to get the latest updates on Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle and more! He continued, "The person who has died is the master or mistress of the hives, someone important in the family who dies and you don't get any more important than the Queen, do you? You knock on each hive and say, 'The mistress is dead, but don't you go. Your master will be a good master to you.' I've done the hives at Clarence House, and I'm now in Buckingham Palace doing their hives." Chapple — who has been the royal beekeeper for 15 years — hopes that bees continue to have a home on royals grounds. For more on the Royals, listen below to our daily podcast PEOPLE Every Day. "It has been a wonderful privilege to do things like this for the Queen and hopefully now for the King," he said. "I hope they still want to keep the bees on their premises. You never know. They might say, take them away, but I don't think that will happening though really you do never know," he added. "It's up to the new tenant of Buckingham Palace." Queen Elizabeth, the Longest-Reigning British Monarch, Dies at 96 Samir Hussein/Wireimage Kate Middleton has revealed she has an interest in bees as well. Last year, she brought a special treat for the local schoolchildren she met: homemade honey from Anmer Hall, the Norfolk home where she enjoys time in the country with Prince William and their three children: Prince George, 9, Princess Charlotte, 7, and Prince Louis, 4. "Would you like to try some? This came specially from my beehive," she told the kids, according to a report from the event. "Does it taste like honey from the shops? Does it taste like flowers?" The children smiled as they licked spoons of the tasty treat.