There has been an amazing resurgence of interest in manners and tradition, and without doubt some of this is because of the young and beautiful Duchess of Cambridge. This year the eyes of the world are upon Prince Harry and his beautiful fiancée, Meghan Markle. Set to marry in May 2018, Meghan comes to the British Royal Family, ‘the Firm’ as a much welcomed outsider; she is American, a former model and actress, and is truly set to live the dream, as Cinderella will go to the Ball. This just goes to show, that you too can become a Duchess and we will show you how to achieve the poise and manners to capture your Prince.
Following on from our regular core tutorial programmes in England with The English Manner, and in New York with English Manner trained Myka Meier and her team at Beaumont Etiquette, we are delighted to have co-designed the following very special tutorial programme, which will be held in London during 2018. Accommodation is available for those who wish to be resident for the duration.
Learn top tips on how to walk, talk and dress, and perfect your social graces whilst participating in exclusive visits to designers and shops graced by the Royal Duchesses, from accessories to accoutrements….
Based on a minimum of six students, this unique opportunity to learn everything there is to know about self confidence, poise and presentation, alongside modern manners and Royal graces to take you anywhere, our tutors will give a true flavour of British traditions and up to the minute social know-how.
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Setting the Scene - The Modern Duchess
Optional arrival and transfer under own arrangements to your accommodation at one of the finest private membership clubs in central London, the Sloane Club. Frequented by members of the Royal family, aristocracy and ‘those in the know’, guests are assured of discreet and charming service, beautifully appointed comfortable bedrooms and an unrivalled location close to Sloane Square. Guests are offered exclusive temporary membership during their stay by courtesy of former Member of The Royal Household of Her Majesty The Queen, Alexandra Messervy FRSA, and founder of The English Manner. Alexandra was instrumental in the arrangements for Royal weddings, christenings and burials, state visits and Royal tours and commentated on the weddings of Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge.
At the Sloane Club, guests are accommodated in comfortable bedrooms (suites available on request); a relaxing and convivial bar for light meals and drinks, and an award winning dining room just yards away from the cafes, restaurants and shops of Knightsbridge and Sloane Square, and within walking distance of Buckingham Palace. Preferential rates are offered here but students are welcome to source their own accommodation elsewhere.
Departing by private mini-coach in the early afternoon firstly for a visit to Kensington Palace, the birthplace of Queen Victoria and now the home of Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. Guests will be able to wander at leisure through the state apartments and exhibitions, and visit the beautiful commemorative Diana Memorial Garden before we walk across the park to the award winning Milestone Hotel for a traditional afternoon tea with Alexandra Messervy and Lord Fermoy, cousin to Prince Henry of Wales, and former Page to Her Majesty The Queen. Lord Fermoy’s grandmother was a much loved friend and lady in waiting to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother who was instrumental in introducing his cousin Diana to HRH The Prince of Wales.
During afternoon tea Alexandra, Myka and Lord Fermoy will talk guests through the programme with anecdotes, Royal photographs and mementoes and our hosts will share stories and memories of the British and American social scene, dos and don’ts and Royal occasions.
Confident Conversations and Social Know-How
Joined today at the Sloane Club for our tutorial, students will be guided by our senior etiquette tutor Diana Mather.
Royal etiquette and protocol
Social graces – the do’s and don’ts to meet your perfect match
Master social etiquette
Making an entrance – how to gracefully walk and talk through any situation
Developing confident communication and strong conversational skills
Lunch is not included today and an hour will be given for free time, we suggest perhaps a walk along the river to the Chelsea Physic Garden and lunch at the Tangerine Dream Café.
Dress Like a Duchess: Fashion, Image and Style
Guests will this morning meet our fashion and style tutor Emma Lane for a tutorial on Perfect Posture. Covering vital subjects such as deportment, perfect posture and grooming, students will be free for an hour for lunch (own arrangements) before an afternoon visit to the V&A Museum, for a view of dress collections through the ages and the jewellery collection. Here, Emma will also talk about the emerald and diamond necklace and earrings given by Napoleon to his adopted daughter, the Grand Duchess of Baden, in 1806 to mark her marriage and other glorious jewels.
We will then enjoy a tutorial on how to wear a hat correctly with Royal hat designer Vivien Sherriff.
Once again joined by Emma Lane, today will be spent visiting some of the Royal Designers and Royal Warrant Holders. Our exclusive access guided visits will illustrate the latest British and European fashion trends. Our itinerary today will include visits and atelier discussions with couturiers, specialist hat and accessory designers and some of the finest Royal patronages, accessed through our unique network of preferred partners.
Visits will include the Royal handbag designer, an astounding English jewellery designer who we believe offers the most fabulous contemporary pieces, and many others who are not necessarily yet ‘household names’ but are known to the fashion and royal cognoscenti. Often off the beaten track yet in central London, these are the designers to know!
Afterwards, we convene together for a fun and interactive calligraphy tutorial at The Sloane Club to learn how to write invitations and cards.
The Society Hostess
Today will be led by William Hanson, senior etiquette tutor, who will guide us through the rules of the table, dining etiquette and how to entertain guests, from cocktails and mocktails, to afternoon tea and dinner.
Guests will enjoy a formal three course luncheon in the private dining room at the Sloane Club, to be guided through the conundrums of cutlery and fine dining.
William will then spend the afternoon giving guidelines on how to run the perfect house, whether a bijoux studio flat or a Palace; with ideas and tips on laundry and wardrobe management, packing and valeting skills, hiring and keeping domestic help, domestic budgets and routines.
A special afternoon visit by Yevnig Davis Unique Cakes – award winning and innovative designer Yevnig will bring delicious samples for a talk on cake creations to accompany afternoon tea, specially created for our guests. William and Yvenig will discuss how to give an afternoon tea party and the etiquette of being a good host and guest.
As a second part to The Society Hostess students will visit the showroom school of Royal Florist Judith Blacklock, who will demonstrate ‘Flowers for the Royal Table’ and entertaining blooms for the Society Hostess.
After a break for lunch:
Couture and Coronets – Dress and Style II
This afternoon, a session with award winning make up artist Abbi-Rose Crook, on how to make the best of your look, together with fashion, image and style tips with Emma Lane, before guest convene together for a farewell Champagne Reception and Dinner with Myka, Alexandra and The Countess Postiglione who will together guide us through the subject of the British Social Season, The Role of the Modern Duchess and evening dress.