Of course, the family has rules for shaking hands. Royals must maintain good eye contact when shaking hands with the general public. A royal handshake must consist of two to three pumps. Anything more is a bad look! The palm must be open, and the thumb should be facing down.
Handshakes should not appear to be giving one person preferential treatment over another. All parties should receive the same amount of shakes with the grasp. On most occasions, the late queen would wear gloves to avoid physical contact with others, however, in this specific photo, she bent the rules slightly.
A Strict Royal Dinner Protocol
A royal dinner is anything but ordinary, and event seating is of the utmost importance. There’s an office dedicated to organizing guests for any royal event. While officially known as the Office of the Marshal of the Court, they prefer calling themselves “mini hosts.” Guests are seated around the monarch by order of precedence, but factors such as interests, age, and language are essential considerations too.
The Queen spoke to the guests on her right during the first course. She addressed the guests on her left when the second course arrived. Everyone seated around the table has a role to play and a time to play it. The closer you are seated to the queen, the more important you are apparently.
The Art of Purse Carrying
Handbags and purses are popular accessories for royal outings. Even though they have an entourage that can carry stuff around, the royals believe that carrying a purse makes them more relatable. They never appear in public without it – even if the bag is empty.
If you notice, the royal women usually hold purses in their left hand to keep their right hand free to shake hands or wave at numerous meets and greets. We wonder if all royal ladies carry an empty bag or if some do actually put something in it. A phone? A packet of tissues? Their son's lost G.I. Joes?
Mind Your Utensil Placement
You should mind your utensil placement unless you’re the kind of royal who doesn’t mind causing chaos at the dinner table. Knives, forks, and their placement can make or break dinner decorum. If royals must leave the room in the middle of a meal but haven’t finished eating, they cross their utensils — a signal to the staff to leave the plate on the table.
If they have finished eating, they place their knife and fork at an angle. And the handles must touch the bottom right of the plate. Table manners are taught from a very young age in England, and being royal is irrelevant. If you've finished eating, let us know.
The Queen Approves Royal Wedding Gowns
Who knows whether King Charles will or should have a say in this one? However, Queen Elizabeth approved not just weddings (whether they should or should not take place), she also vetoed the bridal dress. It is tradition for the Queen to approve a royal wedding gown.
Still, it is more a courtesy than a mandate, similar to how a new Prime Minister must seek the Queen's approval before forming a government. The Queen approved Kate Middleton's Alexander McQueen gown and Meghan Markle's Givenchy gown before their respective weddings took place. The only question now is, who approved Camilla's gown?