In the Royal Manner: Expert Advice on Etiquette and Entertaining from the Former Butler to Diana, Princess of Wales

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Paul Burrell has worked in the service of the royal family for 22 years, working his way up from footman to the Queen, to Princess Diana's personal butler at both Highgrove and Kensington Palace. Now, for the first time ever, he shares the secrets of royal entertaining with the general public. Burrell covers all aspects of throwing the perfect party or dinner party for all occasions: invitations, place settings, menus, recipes, napkin folds, and the art of giving a toast. Featuring the rules of etiquette that set the standard at Buckingham Palace, color photographs of proper place settings and decorations, and favorite recipes of the royals, this is the comprehensive bible of entertaining at home.

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If anyone should know about proper etiquette and entertaining, it's England's royal family. Centuries of grand affairs have honed their skills and that of their servants as well. Paul Burrell, former butler to Diana, Princess of Wales, puts his 20-plus years of experience to good use in the book In the Royal Manner. Arranged by season, this lavishly illustrated volume, complete with color photographs throughout, provides detailed guidelines on "etiquette and entertaining, as well as the royal standards for teas, picnics, children's parties, simple suppers and brunches, holiday meals, formal weddings, and other celebrations." From straightforward recipes--including one of Princess Diana's favorite desserts, Pears in Port Wine Sauce with Cinnamon Ice Cream--and full menus, to seating charts, table manners, arranging centerpieces, even folding napkins, every aspect of a special occasion is covered. Also of interest are the informative sidebars that document Burrell's personal knowledge of "palace history and lore, along with his special perspective on the traditions of the royal family and his treasured memories of the late Princess of Wales." A useful and beautiful homage to the royal style, In the Royal Manner will expertly aid you in planning a party that's truly fit for a king.

About the Author:

PAUL BURRELL was born in Grassmoor, England, in 1958. He befriended Princess Diana in 1980 before her engagement to Prince Charles. At her request, he became butler at Highgrove in 1988, then moved to Kensington Palace with Diana in 1996 when the couple separated. He was the only nonfamily member at her funeral and burial at Althorp, her family home. Shortly after the death of the Princess of Wales, the Queen presented Paul Burrell with the Royal Victoria Medal (her special decoration) in recognition of his services to the Princess. Mr. Burrell was the public fund-raiser for the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund until 1998. He lives in England with his wife and two sons.

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