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Aug 9, 2017

Could You Pass As A Member Of The Royal Family?

There's a lot more to it than just knowing when to curtsy.

So you think you could pass as a member of the royal family eh? It's not as easy as you may think. According to Business Insider there are several etiquette rules the royal family must abide by to maintain their proper status.

Ready to see if you can fool even the Queen herself with your delicate etiquette? Let's go!

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  1. The Queen invited you over for high tea. What time do you arrive at the palace?

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    High tea is between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

    High tea is actually considered a hearty meal and consists of tea, biscuits, and an entree or two. On-the-other-hand, Afternoon Tea is served between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. and is considered a snack between lunch and dinner.

  2. The Queen met you right at the door. How do you greet her?

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    The Queen deserves a deep curtsy!

    While

  3. Everyone is heading into the dining room. In what order do you enter the room to be seated?

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    You enter from CLOSEST to FURTHEST from the throne!

    The royal family enters and is seated in order of precedence which basically means whoever is closest to the throne goes first and so on.

  4. You finally take your seat at the table. How are you sitting?

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    Keep those legs together you heathen!

    You should never sit with your legs crossed at the knee as your legs MUST be kept together. You are allowed to cross your ankles though.

  5. Time for tea! How are you holding your cup?

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    When in doubt NO PINKY'S OUT.

    Royals hold their cup in a delicate fashion by holding the handle with the thumb and index finger while supporting the bottom with the middle finger. Oh and you should only drink from the same spot on the cup to avoid lipstick lining the entire rim.

  6. Food is here! How are you holding your silverware?

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    Fork in the left, knife in the right, and the tines must be down!

    Dining etiquette is incredibly important to the royal family, so if you ever find yourself dining with them, make sure you keep your fork in the left hand and knife in the right.

  7. Oh you suddenly find yourself needing to use the restroom. How do you leave the table?

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    All you need to say is excuse me.

    There's no need to tell the entire table that you have to use the restroom. Simply say "Excuse me" and leave. And if you want to make sure the waiter doesn't take your plate while you're gone just cross your utensils over your plate.

  8. High tea is over and the Queen suggests playing a board game. What game should you NEVER recommend playing?

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    First rule of royalty, no one talks about Monopoly.

    Prince Andrew was once gifted the classic board game and responded by saying, "We’re not allowed to play Monopoly at home. It gets too vicious."

  9. Well you've had a lovely evening with the Queen, but in order to leave you have to walk down a flight of stairs. How do you do it?

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    No grabbing allowed here!

    Lightly place your hand on the bannister while you descend and make sure your chin is parallel to the ground. The royal family must always looks graceful.

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