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!
Between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.Between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.Between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
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.
With a quick handshake.A simple curtsy where you lower your head and bend at the knees.A deep curtsy held for a few seconds.
The Queen deserves a deep curtsy!
From oldest to youngest.From closest to the throne to furthest from the throne.From youngest to oldest.
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.
Your right leg is crossed over the left leg at the knee.Your legs are together and your ankles are crossed.Your legs are slightly open and uncrossed.
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.
Holding the handle with the thumb and index finger while supporting the bottom with the middle finger.Looping the index finger through the handle and supporting the rest of the cup with the middle, ring, and pinky finger.Holding the handle with the thumb and index finger with your pinky extended up.
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.
Fork in the right hand and knife in the left hand.Fork in the left hand and knife in the right hand.Fork in the right hand and the knife stays on the table unless cutting something.
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.
Ask for the Queen's permission to leave the table.Simply say "excuse me" and leave.Stand up and announce you must relieve yourself.
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.
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."
Grip the banister and look down to make sure you don't trip.Walk down the stairs normally with your feet pointed towards the middle of the staircase.Keep your chin parallel to the ground and glide your hand down the banister as you walk.
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.
Could You Pass As A Member Of The Royal Family?
Sorry, but I'm afraid the closest you'll get to being royalty is watching The Princess Diaries. I'm not saying you were raised in a barn, but you definitely weren't raised in Buckingham Palace.
Wow excuse me your majesty, I didn't realize I was in the presence of a true member of the royal family. You know royal etiquette like nobody's business. *Bows gracefully*