Sure, many of us would like to marry a prince, live in a palace and spend our days doing charitable works, practicing Pilates and playing with the third- and fourth-in-line to the throne. Even if (repeat after me) that’s never, ever going to happen, we can at least try to emulate the best parts of Kate Middleton’s fabulous life.
Although I’ve purchased a couple of Kate’s favorite shoes and dresses in my own attempt to mimic her graceful style, behaving appropriately in my royal-approved attire is another story. (My grandmother regularly compares my walk to that of a male wrestler.) Cue royal etiquette expert Myka Meier. She’s attended finishing schools in the United Kingdom and Switzerland and trained in London under a former member of the royal household. With an inside track to the type of rigorous education Kate Middleton underwent while dating Prince William, Meier attempted to teach me how to sit, stand and carry myself like a Duchess.
Hosting seemed like the best opportunity to show off my newfound grace — and imitate Her Royal Highness. “The Duchess of Cambridge is known to be an excellent hostess,” says Myka Meier, the founder of Beaumont Etiquette. “She loves to cook, host and is known to personally serve her guests. While she may love to throw a party, Catherine also must be the perfect guest, as she attends many parties annually, personally and professionally, and spends long weekends with the royal family or Christmas lunch as a guest of the Queen at the Sandringham Estate.” To get us — and our homes — in royal shape, Meier shared some tips to hosting and rules that even the Duchess of Cambridge follows.
By Good housekeeping