Dining With Royalty

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.

Table Setting

Cut­lery dilemma
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.

Drinks order
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.

Source: BBC