The one faux pas a woman in the royal family should avoid is sitting with her legs crossed at the knee. Legs and knees must be together, but crossing the ankle is acceptable. The “duchess slant” has become a popular pose — a term coined by Beaumont Etiquette for Kate Middleton’s preferred sitting position.
The pose involves squeezing her knees and ankles together and slanting her legs to the side. The pose maintains Kate’s posture and makes her legs look longer while still appearing modest; the late Princess Diana also preferred sitting in the same manner. We think we will adopt this pose.
Curtsies and Neck Bows Are Encouraged
While the British monarchy's official website states there are no mandatory rules when meeting a member of the Royal Family, it does mention a preference for tradition. Bowing or curtsying has always been the customary way to greet a royal. Curtsying entails bending forward slightly and placing one leg behind the other. A handshake usually follows the curtsy, but only if the royal extends their hand first.
For men, a neck bow is the proper greeting, a full bow is not required. To this day, whenever a royal visits a town and walks amongst the crowds (also not mandatory) there are no second thoughts when it comes to bowing.
They Must Accept and Keep Track of Every Single Gift
A member of the British royal family must accept gifts with the utmost grace – no matter how bizarre, outlandish, or lame. What does one gift royalty apart from your boring old bouquets? And a family with such exacting standards at that? Some people have been bold in their gifting choices — from 500 cans of pineapple and dog soap to horse semen!
Eventually, the Queen or King would decide who gets to keep which gift. Buying a gift for a member of the royal family must be one of the hardest missions out there. We mean, if you are a royal and you want something, you just ask for it. No?
Formal Wear for Dinner
It makes no difference how trendy you may be in the outside world. If you show up to a royal family dinner wearing jeans and a t-shirt, chances are you will never receive another invitation again. Formal wear to dinner is on-brand for the British royal family.
It would be quite the sight to imagine them sitting around the table in slacks, trainers, or pajamas. With this crew? One needs to dress up and show up for dinner. A little tip from us; dress propper for any dinner you are invited to in England, not only ones held at the palace.
Foods the Royal Family Will Never Eat
It may be hard to believe, but the Queen disliked starchy carbs like pasta, rice, and potatoes, preferring to eat meals with fish or meat and vegetables instead. All meals at Buckingham Palace were usually carb-free. Try and remember that the next time you dream of marrying into the family! The Queen also avoided sandwich crusts, tap water while overseas, and spicy foods.
It remains to be seen whether King Charles will keep these culinary traditions or introduce his own quirks. We tend to believe that carb-free meals were established for health reasons; however, crust-free sandwiches are pure tradition, and England is known for having the best tap water in the world.