Dining With RoyaltyJules Hirst
When dining with royalty it is your responsibility to know your dining etiquette. The BBC has great advice on things guests should know before taking their seat at the dinner table.
It’s quite simple — start at the outside and work in as the meal progresses. The soup spoon will always be on the extreme right if soup is the first course. It will be second from the right if served as a second course. Dessert cutlery will always be at the top of the place setting with the fork facing right and the spoon above it facing left.
Glasses are also placed in the order in which they are used. So, for example, water, champagne, white wine, red wine, dessert wine. A napkin might be placed on the plate or to the left of the forks.
How to eat…
Some dishes require their own etiquette.
Bread rolls: don’t cut with a knife — break with fingers.
Soup: tip the bowl and scoop the spoon away from you; sip, don’t slurp.
Asparagus: eaten with fingers, start with the head.
Oysters: use an oyster fork to detach the oyster from its shell. Hold the shell between thumb and first two fingers, place against lower lip and slide the oyster and its juice out of the half shell. Don’t swallow it whole. Chew slowly and savour.