Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Etiquette and Entertaining Royalty

It is a most unusual thing for the Sovereign and his consort to both be guests of a commoner at the same time. A few months ago, the King spent a week-end with this popular couple, and the Queen was entertained by them when she was the Princess of Wales. Of course, Mrs. James plays an excellent game of bridge. She is also a clever amateur actress and shares with the King his fondness for yachting.

To Be Host to the King and Queen – Willie James is to Enjoy the Honor of a Visit This Month 

LONDON, Nov. 19. — The announcement that the King and Queen will visit Mr. and Mrs. Willie James at West Dean Park, Chichester, this month is regarded as an exceptional mark of Royal favor, for it is a most unusual thing for the Sovereign and his consort to both be guests of a commoner, at the same time. A few months ago the King spent a week-end with this popular couple, and the Queen was entertained by them when she was the Princess of Wales. Of course, Mrs. James plays an excellent game of bridge. She is also a clever amateur actress and shares with the King his fondness for yachting. Mr. James, by the way, is of American descent.

Another house which the King will probably visit soon again is Rufford Abbey, the Nottinghamshire seat of Lord and Lady Saville. He recently told a friend, and that friend told others, why he finds a charm in Rufford Abbey that is conspicuously absent from several other aristocratic countryhouses which he visits. It is because at Rufford Abbey his host and hostess treat him much as an ordinary guest, while still observing those points of etiquette which are always associated with Royalty. 

At most places where he is entertained, a gorgeous flunkey is at every door through which he is likely to pass, to open it for him with a profound obeisance. At Rufford he is allowed to open doors himself, and can stroll about the house or the grounds without having it thrust upon him at every turn, that he is regarded as a special object of reverence and adulation. –  San Francisco Call, 1904

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