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Rules For Proper Dining At The Queen’s Side

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In an interesting article in the Telegraph you will find 6 rules that you must abide if you are invited to a banquet with HM Queen Elizabeth II. But the rule number 3 is completely wrong.

These are the Rules for proper dining at the Monarch’s side mentioned in that article:

1." The Queen is typically the hostess at most dining occasions. If you are seated to her right, you are the guest of honour and can expect to be engaged in conversation during the first course. If you are to her left you are not and should wait for the second course to be served for your opportunity".

Correct! You should never leave neither of your companions at the table without anyone to talk to so this rule makes sense.

2. "Members of the Royal household are served their food in order of precedence, where practicable. Do not interfere with the Royal place setting in any way and do not inadvertently take the Royal bread plate".

Correct, obviously! Bread plate is always on the left side together with the napkin and you should never try to reach for the bread on your right side.

3. "If toasted by the Queen, do not respond in kind. During Barack Obama’s state visit to Britain, the US President spoke after Her Majesty’s toast but was drowned out by a band under orders to play as soon as she had retaken her seat".

Totally wrong! What really happened was that President Obama broke protocol by speaking over the national anthem. He said “Ladies and gentlemen, please stand with me and raise your glasses as I propose a toast.“To Her Majesty the Queen.” and instead of stopping the toast there he kept on speaking unaware that that sentence is the cue for the orchestra of the Scots Guard to begin playing the national anthem and for all the other guests to listen to it in silence.

4. "Table etiquette should be rigorously observed, with teacups replaced in saucers after every sip and wine glasses held by the stem."

Correct! Good manners help wherever you are having dinner.

5. "Guests may drink wine or liquers at a dinner even if the Queen has declined them."

Correct! If they serve you wine it is for you to enjoy it.

6, "Do not touch the Queen under any circumstances."

An old rule that is still observed in the United Kingdom and some other monarchies. And do not even try to take selfies with her Majesty!


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