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 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?
The Royal Handshake
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.
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?
Loyalty to the Church of England
Religion is crucial to the British monarchy. Apart from personal belief and regular worship, this commitment is also a constitutional requirement. The monarch is the Church of England's supreme governor and the "defender of the faith." The monarchy is also not limited to Anglicans.
The Union of England and Scotland in 1707 committed English sovereigns to uphold the Presbyterian Church of Scotland. The Royal Family nowadays can marry Roman Catholics after a decree passed in 2011. However, they themselves must remain loyal to the Church of England, which was established by King Henry the 8th after he sought a way out of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon, and the Roman Catholic church wouldn't allow divorce.