It is not completely surprising that the royals would take etiquette to the extreme, and one extreme point of etiquette is that they are not allowed to use certain vocabulary. What is surprising is that the royals are discouraged from using the word “tea.” Of course, we don’t mean the warm drink, but we mean the meal you have in the evening. Only working-class and middle-class individuals would call it such. The royals call it “dinner” or “supper.”
Another surprising one is the word “pardon.” While it might sound polite and even upper-class, the royals prefer the word “sorry” or the phrase “sorry what.” And finally, the royals do not have a “patio.” At least, they do not call it by such. They call it a “terrace.”
No Sleeping Before the Queen
We know that the national anthem of the United Kingdom is “God Save the King” (and used to be “God Save the Queen”). Thus, these royal personages are quite a big deal, but they are a very big deal in royal residences. In fact, one of the most stifling conditions and rules of being a royal personage is that you are expected to mimic much of the habits and routines of these royal figures. That means you cannot sleep before the Queen sleeps.
One notable royal who broke this rule was the late Princess Diana, which probably didn’t put her in the late Queen’s good books. We only wonder what happens when one is just simply spent or sick. We’re sure they make exceptions when a royal is sick.
No Yawning and No Picking Noses
We are not at all surprised by the no-picking noses rule, but to be fair, these are rules taught to royal children. It is also not unexpected that the royals are discouraged from yawning in public. In fact, they are encouraged to be polite and graceful and follow social etiquette at all times. Unfortunately, not every royal can keep up with the long conversations, conferences, and public events.
The late Princess Diana found it particularly difficult to stifle her need to yawn, and it was clear that some of these events were just downright tedious. That puts a damper on the dreamlife of a royal, but to be a prince or princess, you can’t yawn. Just ask Princes George and Louis and Princess Charlotte – they know all about it.
No Last Names
The no-last-name rule applies to the royal children, especially considering that they would be the ones attending schools, receiving vaccinations, and being registered for health services. What is odd is that the royal children do not need last names. The royals are called by the house or dynasty to which they belong. Prince George is officially Prince George. Or, if you want to be technical, Prince George of Cambridge. And his sister is Princess Charlotte of Cambridge.
Since royal children are generally home-schooled, there wouldn’t be much necessity for a last name, but Princess Diana broke this tradition of home-schooling when she sent Princes Harry and William to school. We wonder what these royal children were known by. Master of Wales? Or Master of Sussex?
Reporting for Duty
This is not actually a hard-and-fast rule, but it is so traditional and encouraged among the royals that it might as well be considered a rule. The royals are expected to enlist in the military. Most of us are quite aware of the late Queen’s service during the Second World War serving for the British Armed Forces, so this might as well be a rule because it has continued with the later generations.
In 2008, Prince William completed his training with the Royal Airforce College and served as an airline ambulance for two years. His younger brother, Prince Harry, also trained with the army, spending a whopping 10 years with the military corps. These royals certainly are committed to doing their duty to their country.