Even though Duchess Catherine makes it look easy being a royal, there are a lot of rules she had to embrace before brushing shoulders with Queen Elizabeth II and other members of high society on a regular basis. Now, while your social circle probably doesn't expect you to follow such strict etiquette, these lessons are so simple (and smart!) that you'll want to incorporate them into your everyday life.
1. Say hello with a kiss — and a firm handshake.
Kate follows local customs when it comes to greeting people. That means with friends and close acquaintances, she gives them a kiss a cheek kiss (the right cheek to left cheek) and a firm handshake for everyone else.
2. Exit the car with a "swivel and pop."
It's always important to exit gracefully... even from a car. To do this like Kate, sit as close to the door as possible, then place both hands behind you as you turn with ankles and knees together to place your feet outside the car. Finally, when you stand and exit with a quick "pop."
3. Use your clutch to cover up.
4. Hold your handbag in your hand.
Once you're out of the car, a lady always holds her clutch in front of herself with both hands. You'll never see Kate tuck her purse under her
5. Sit in the "Duchess Slant."
Posture is everything for the
6. Fold your napkin in half, with the crease facing you.
At dinner parties, Kate and other royals wait to place their napkins in their
7. Hold a wine glass at the stem.
Not only does this prevent your body temperature from heating up the liquid, but it also looks
8. Hold your tea in a pinch.
That means pinch your thumb and index finger together, then rest your middle finger under the handle. For coffee, use a loop, which means your index finger goes through the handle, too.
9. Your knife stays in your right hand, your fork
Even when you're taking a bite. You should also put food on the backside of the fork to eat, take three bites, then rest. When you're done eating, lay your silverware diagonally across the plate.
10. Never say these eight words.
If you do ever mingle with the most elite people in the English society, you should avoid these eight words at all costs: Toilet, pardon, couch, living room, dad, perfume, patio or posh (and for good reason!).
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.