Did you know that all members of the Royal family are required to abide by Royal protocol when it comes to eating and how they eat? Whether it’s wearing a certain type of outfit or crossing their knife and fork a certain way to signal they’re finished eating, it’s a very strict kind of etiquette and we give them a lot of credit for being able to keep up with it.
Some additional facts about the Royal family’s dining protocol includes no pasta for dinner and the Queen gets to approve the menu before dinner preparations commence. There’s also no shellfish allowed and when the Queen is finished, everyone is finished. I’m overwhelmed just reading all this.
1. They cannot accept food from outside sources
Today, The Duchess of Cornwall travelled to the Isle of Wight to visit Osborne House with Patron of the House, Dame Judi Dench. Osborne House was built between 1845 and 1851 to provide Queen Victoria and Prince Albert a private home. It was designed in the style of an Italian villa. Dame Judi played Queen Victoria in the movie Victoria and Abdul which was filmed at the House. The Duchess and Dame Judi had ice creams in the hot weather, before touring the newly refurbished Swiss Cottage, Gardens and main house. The Duchess also named a ferry and attended a reception in Cowes at the Royal Yacht Squadron Club. Follow @clarencehouse for more.
If Meghan Markle is offered food at a formal event, she can accept. But if she’s offered food outside of that event, she cannot accept it.
2. But if you offer them food in a Royal setting, they cannot refuse
Today The Countess of Wessex hosted a @vodafonefoundation #DigitisingPurpose forum at St. James’s Palace, which aimed to explore the transformational power of digital. The Countess brought together some of her patronages and charities which she supports, to learn more about how digital can be used to promote their causes and help their work. Here The Countess speaks to representatives from some of HRH’s charities who attended today. The Countess supports over 70 organisations. Find out more through the link in bio.
How do they all stay in such great shape from all the random food offerings?
3. There’s an entire Royal team dedicated to seating them
They are officially titled The Office of the Marshal of the Court and they place all of the Royal family members in their assigned seats for royal dinners and other formal events.
4. There’s a specific set-up for dinner conversations
For the first course, the Queen speaks to the person on her right hand side. Then upon the arrival of the second course, the person on her left is up for the conversation.
5. You aren’t allowed to leave the table until the Queen does
As aforementioned, when the Queen is done, everyone is done. But you are absolutely not allowed to leave the table before the Queen does. It’s considered extremely disrespectful.
6. There is a correct way to hold your tea
There is a specific way to hold your teacups in the Royal family, ladies and gentlemen. The correct way is with the forefinger and thumb against the top of the handle and, if need be, using the middle finger to support the base of the handle.
7. Ladies aren’t allowed to leave lipstick stains on anything
Better make sure you wear matte lipstick or none at all if you’re part of the Royal family. If it happens the first time, it’s not a big deal, but they need to sip from the same rim for the entire time so lipstick doesn’t envelope the rest of the cup’s rim.
8. They’re huge on organic, gourmet, farm-to-table foods
Following today's BBC Radio 4 guest edit, Prince Harry shared his reflections on the programme and what he hopes listeners took away from today's discussions: "I’m hugely grateful for this platform to be able to discuss topics that I think really need to be discussed and thought about. Part of my role and part of my job is to shine a spotlight on issues that need that spotlight whether it’s people, whether its causes, whatever it is. So I will continue to do and play my part in society and do my job to the best of my ability so that I can wake up in the morning and feel energised and go to bed fully knowing that I have done the best that I can."
Especially the Queen. Menus are often sent back several times because she demands organic, farm-to-table foods for her family. They also only eat non-GMO foods and try to incorporate tons of fruits and vegetables. Ah, so that’s how they stay in such good shape…
9. They have to hold their utensils a certain way
The Duke of Cambridge, Patron of the Welsh Rugby Union, attended the Wales vs Australia rugby match. Prior to the match, HRH met representatives and beneficiaries from the Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust, which he is also Patron of and which supports those players and their families who have been severely injured whilst playing rugby football in Wales. The Duke also met some of the WRU Coach Core Apprentices who deliver rugby in schools and towns in fun and engaging ways. Prince Harry, Patron of the RFU, attended the England vs Argentina match. Prior to the game HRH met volunteers from the Commonwealth War Grave Commission, the official match-day charity. HRH also met people nominated by the RFU for their contribution to the sport.
Knives have to go in the right hand, forks in the left, with the fork facing towards the plate. They also must use their knives to scoop food onto their fork and balance it all the way into their mouths. Talk about an Olympic sport.
10. No garlic allowed
Following Trooping the Colour, on the occasion of Her Majesty's 92nd Birthday, members of The Royal Family stand on the balcony to watch a fly past. 23 aircraft took part in the Fly Past highlighting the range of aircraft used by the Royal Air Force, including the Red Arrows Aerobatic Team, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, helicopters and fast jet combat aircraft. #Troopingthecolour 📷 PA
Yeah. Like, ever. I personally feel as though they’re missing out, but I’m not a Royal, so what do I know?
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