Etiquette in the Royal Household (I)

Etiquette in the Royal Household Part 1 In modern day Britain acquiescence and etiquette have been in decline for some years but there is one place where these values have been upheld irrespective of the passage of time – within the Royal Household. Etiquette in the Royal Household is extremely important. This bastion of tradition ensures that every person is correctly addressed; medals, decorations and orders are worn as they should be, umbrellas are always close at hand; and not only are letters approved by Debrett’s but the standard is actually set by the Royal Household.  The Old Guard still reigns at Buckingham Palace. In the coming weeks I will be highlighting some of the traditional rules of etiquette in the Royal Household since so many of you have asked about it. Very useful reading if you are likely to be invited to a Royal event! Her Majesty’s Commands It’s fairly unlikely that you would find anywhere, other than the British Court, where it is recommended that uniforms, lounge suits or morning dress are worn by men and ladies should wear hats. It is still good form to wear white gloves but you have no need to worry that they will get dirty since the Royal Household is dust free!  Her Majesty will never personally invite anyone to a Royal event but rather command her Lord Chamberlain or other member of staff to issue the invitation on her behalf. The person chosen to issue the invitations depends on the event. These commands vary considerably depending on how important you are. Dignitaries or Heads of State may be invited to...