Downton Abbey etiquette 84



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We all know and love Downton Abbey but how much of the show do we truly take in? We all remember our table manners from our childhood but the wonderful art of etiquette seems lost nowadays.

Bang PR teamed up with the Sydney School of Protocol to give us some top tips, modernising how etiquette and manners are still very much relevant to society today, with reference from the series.

Julie Lamberg-Burnet shows how to enter a room, introduce yourself, network, position cutlery properly and place your napkin down.

It’s interesting to see how such simple gestures have been lost so take a look at the video to brush up on your skills, or perhaps show your grandchildren!

The video coincides with the release of Downton Abbey season5, which is out now.


Tell us, do you think that children should have mandatory etiquette lessons? How were you taught?

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  1. A lot of kids dont ev en know how to use a knife and fork, the eat sitting on the lounge watchging tv, It is so very sad we are missing a lokt

  2. Our grandchildren know when they come here for a meal they sit at the table and we talk. You may think this is strange but at home they sit on the floor and their parents balance their food on their laps and they all watch TV. We have taught them how to set a table and how to use a knife and fork. They love coming to our place because they get are allowed to start and join in a conversation.

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    • Ditto with my grandchildren and great grandchildren, my daughter does the same as does my son in their houses. They always excuse themselves from the table, take their dishes and ours if we have finished and generally come back to the table to talk until everyone is finished

  3. True Sandra but we did other subjects such as Cookery & Art so this course could be introduced for a short period of time maybe.

  4. Simple manners is a must yes, but please not this snobby would be if they could be rubbish, I left that behind in England. It turns my stomach.

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    • I tend to feel the same. Good manners are a must but etiquette was used as a trap to keep the classes in their places. Some of the rules of etiquette are not well understood, I see dessert spoons and forks placed incorrectly often and trendy restaurants are wiping out old rules of etiquette, drinks in jars, cakes on what looked like cut up fence palings. Restaurants so crowded plates are passed along to diners rather than placed before them. I do have a couple of pet hates though, caps on in restaurants and diners perching on the edge of their chairs leaving the bulk of the chair sticking out into the walking space.

    • If it doesn’t affect my meal I don’t worry about it. (Hate loud rude children near me when I’m eating out.). I found in England it wasn’t so much the rich people who made such a fuss about etiquette but working class “Mrs Bucket’s” thinking they could place themselves above others by insisting on all the ‘Rules’. I guarantee a butler would get more into a knot over etiquette than the royal family he works for.

  5. Sure do think curtesy should be taught. This includes for all men that hats should not be worn whilst eating in bistros etc. It also includes baseball caps . Very very ignorant

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