Etiquette expert reveals Kate Middleton's hosting dos and don'ts


By Elizabeth Keatinge, Buzz60

Kate Middleton has a full calendar for meeting dignitaries and hosting her own parties -- so how does a princess behave?

Beaumont Etiquette School founder Myka Meier told Good Housekeeping what a royal -- and you -- should and should not do.

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Meier says your clutch can send a message. Kate usually holds it in both hands.

That means, shaking hands might be awkward. However, she can place it in one hand to have the other one free for hand shaking, but never under an arm or on the ground or table.

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If there's nowhere to place your clutch while sitting down, it can go between your back and the back of your chair.

When at a dinner party, one doesn't announce to the table that they are going to the restroom. It is proper to just say, "Excuse me."

Meier says, if you are hosting, you should always send a formal invitation, not a text or in person invite.

She says the Duchess reportedly uses Paperless Post, and you should always include an end time, so guests don't overstay their welcome.

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When tea and coffee are served, remember you hold your tea in a pinch, but your coffee in a loop.

That means hold your cup by pinching your thumb and index finger together and then resting your middle finger underneath the handle. For coffee, your index finger loops through the handle.

Oh and don't forget to properly say goodbye to all your guests, with -- of course -- the royal wave.

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