This weekend, thousands will participate Traditional British street parties to commemorate the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.
Although your coronation chicken and jubilee trifle may be appropriate for the queen – there are a few rules you have to follow if you want to dine like royalty.
From handling cutlery correctly to a few conversational orders, an etiquette expert reveals the strict rules the royal family follows at every meal.
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hold your cutlery properly
Etiquette expert William Hanson reveals that although it doesn’t matter which hand you hold your knife and fork, the royal family has a special way of holding cutlery.
talking coffee friend, Hanson said: ‘The index finger goes under the fork, stopping in front of the bridge. For knives, the index finger also extends under the knife, where the blade and handle meet.’
This method gives you more control over your cutlery, and – by extension – your food.
not even a squeak
As far as royals are concerned, letting your cutlery scream against your plate is a major sin.
Hanson explains: ‘In Western formal dining, we don’t want any sort of noise – whether it’s the unpleasant sound of chewing or fork and knife scraping with an almost empty plate.
‘It’s not a violation of protocol to make noise with cutlery on a plate, it doesn’t matter if it happens once or twice by accident, but it’s especially unfortunate to continue doing so.’
However, this may not be a problem for you if you have paper plates at your Jubilee party.
Britons drink 100 million cups of tea per day, according to UK Tea & Infusion AssociationYou’d think we had it down to a fine art—but there are some tea-drinking faux pas you’ll need to address if you ever share a pot with Her Majesty.
The royals have a set way of having their own mug of milky wine.
Hanson explains: ‘Members of the royal family usually hold the tea cup with their thumb and forefinger in the center of the handle, with their other fingers following the shape of the handle for support.
Contrary to popular belief, sticking out the little finger when drinking tea or coffee isn’t sophisticated, says Hanson.
You should also note that people in the royal family always drink their tea from the same spot on the cup of tea – this is especially true for those wearing bright lipstick.
The queen sets the pace for every meal
Did you know that no one should start or finish your meal before the queen?
Hanson explains that it will indeed be noticed and noted by others.
At your party, the host or your family can be your stand-ins for Her Majesty. Try to speed up your eating progress with them.
Yes, even the humble napkin at Buckingham Palace can get you in trouble if you use it the wrong way.
At formal meals, you should fold your napkin in half and place it on your lap during dinner.
Hanson explains: ‘For larger napkins, members of the royal family will place their napkin on their lap immediately after taking their seat, folding it in half and away from the crease.
‘When they have finished eating and left the table, the napkins are placed in a neat pile to the left of the setting.’
While dining at Buckingham Palace, you can’t just chat with the person you like – there’s a rule that determines who you can talk to.
Hanson says: ‘With formal meals, the conversation flows to each person’s left and right – rarely at the dinner table.
‘The Queen often waited to see where her late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, turned and then followed.’
Garlic is a no-go
Sorry to all the garlic bread lovers – the savory herb is off the menu.
Not because the royals are secretly vampires, but because it can lead to unpleasant breath.
Hanson adds: ‘Likewise, difficult meals are never served to ensure no awkward photos, but also to make sure all guests feel comfortable and don’t have to worry about how they need to taste a particular dish. Want food.’
dress to impress
It goes without saying, but Her Majesty won’t be seen dead in some tracksuits or alligators—there is a dress code for formal dinners.
Hanson says: ‘For formal state dinners, women’s shoulders should be covered, with hair “upped” in long, floor-length dresses.
‘The men are in black wool tailcoats, white, feathered shirts and white bows.’
However, we’re sure the royals won’t mind if you wear a Union Jack hat or dee boppers to your street party.
at the end of the meal
Members of the royal family must store their cutlery properly to know when they have finished eating
Hanson explains: ‘When a member of the royal family has finished eating, they put their cutlery together.
‘If you imagine the plate as the face of the clock and the cutlery as the hands of the clock, when in Britain the food is finished, the cutlery is positioned at 6.30 with the tines of the forks facing upwards.
‘The cutlery is put together in such a ready condition to alert the staff (and other diners) that you have finished so that they can clean your plate without asking if you are finished can.
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Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee 2022
Dust off your Union Jack bunting, Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee is finally here.
The ceremony, which takes place from Thursday, June 2 to Sunday, June 5, marks Her Majesty’s record-breaking 70th year on the throne.
Across the UK, there will be street parties, concerts and other special events involving the Queen and senior members of the Royal Family.