THE Queen follows strict table manners and anyone who dines with her is expected to follow suit. This is one rule all those – including Royal Family members – must follow when they dine with the Queen.
Queen Elizabeth II, 94, is expected to behave in a certain way as the head of the British Royal Family. The complex code of behaviour followed by the Queen is known as royal etiquette and is applied to every interaction she has with the public and other Royal Family members.
Royal customs are visible at ceremonial events but members of the public rarely get to see how they are applied behind doors.
A former Palace insider has revealed one custom Royal Family members must adhere to when dining with the Queen.
The Queen has hosted and dined with royals from across the world during her 68-year reign and while princesses and princes from other countries may be used to holding their own at home, they have sometimes been caught out during dinners with the Queen.
British royal etiquette dictates that diners should follow what the Queen does at the dinner table.
Queen Elizabeth II rule: The ONE rule royals must follow at dining table (Image: GETTY)
Queen Elizabeth II rule: The Queen has hosted dozens of banquets during her reign (Image: GETTY)
The first is that diners should not take their seat at the table before the Queen does.
Once seated, diners should not start eating until the Queen does and the meal ends when the Queen finishes eating.
How the Queen approaches her meal, in respect of the cutlery and utensils she uses, should be mirrored too.
A former royal butler Paul Burrell revealed how a Prince in the South Pacific once fell foul of the last piece of etiquette.
Queen Elizabeth II rule: Diners should follow the Queen’s lead (Image: GETTY)
He told the Guardian: “I was once on the Royal Yacht Britannia in the South Pacific and the Queen was hosting a dinner for a local prince. Dessert was served.
“The prince forgot to watch what the Queen did – instead, he popped the grapes into his finger bowl, then some cherries, then when the cream and sugar came out, he poured them in too, making a kind of fruit soup.
“I was standing behind the Queen looking horrified.
“He was about to raise the bowl to his lips to drink it when he looked at the Queen and realised he had made a terrible mistake.”
He added: “Not wanting to make him feel awkward, she picked up her finger bowl and took a sip.”
While the Queen has enjoyed her fair share of spectacular state banquets and dinners over the years she is “not a foodie”, according to a former royal chef.
Former Palace cook Darren McGrady claimed that while the Queen’s husband Prince Philip, 99, “lives to eat” she has a more frugal approach to food.
Mr McGrady revealed the Queen receives the week’s menu to sign off on and occasionally makes changes.
Queen Elizabeth II rule: The plates are cleared away as soon as the Queen finishes eating (Image: GETTY)
He told Hello: “She would put a line through the ones she didn’t want”
“Sometimes she’d put a line through it all and put something different like if she was having dinner with Prince Andrew, his favourite was crème brulee with Sandringham oranges.”
Darren revealed the Queen has a sweet tooth.
He said: ”She is absolutely a chocoholic.
”Anything we put on the menu that had chocolate on, she would choose, especially chocolate perfection pie.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK