How to Mind Your Manners When Having Tea With the Queen

Playing Tips for Proper Tea Etiquette

Taking part in the longtime British tradition of high tea is no easy task.

Just ask Inside Edition’s Deborah Norville, who learned firsthand what it's like for Meghan Markle’s mom, Doria Ragland.

Ragland had high tea with Queen Elizabeth Friday.

Norville sat down with British etiquette expert Diana Mather on the proper methods behind having tea with the queen. 

"When we're holding a cup of tea, hold it at waist height — you only ever drink tea with one hand," Mather said. "You can hug a mug, but you never hug a cup of tea. Never have your pinky out — it's always tucked in. And the tea comes up to us."

The queen herself is very particular when it comes to her afternoon tea, which typically happens between 3 and 5 p.m. She prefers a cup of Earl Grey with no milk served with a selection of crust less finger cucumber or ham sandwiches.
 
It's a good bet that Ragland and the queen also enjoyed scones with jam and clotted cream.

If you make a mess of yourself during afternoon tea, another etiquette expert, Micah Meyer, showed Inside Edition how not to embarrass yourself.

"To wipe our mouths, we don't actually wipe," Meyer said. "We dab and we bring the napkin up to our mouths, so we bring it up by opening the two ends and we dab, dab, dab, and then you close so all the stains are contained inside the napkin." 

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