|Our Christmas dinner table. Sparkling fruit juice always adds a pretty touch.|
So what are the rules for dining with the Queen? Don't worry, if your manners aren't royal perfect, Queen Elizabeth II of England doesn't order "Of with her head!" like the Red Queen in Alice in Wonderland. At least not very often.
|President George W. Bush and Queen Elizabeth II at a state dinner|
So what do you do if you get invited to dinner with the Queen? Don't panic! here are a few pointers to help keep you out of the headlines.
1. Don't arrive after the Queen.
2. Remain standing behind your chair until the Queen takes her seat.
3. Don't eat until the Queen starts eating.
4. When the Queen is finished, the meal is over. (Even if you haven't managed to scrape the last bit of the delicious shrimp newberg off your plate.)
|Tables at the State Dining Room at the White House|
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(Because I'd hate for you to be embarrassed when you're invited to the White House. You might not get a second chance!)