All royal followers at the moment binge-watching the fourth season of Netflix’s The Crown have been fully entwined with the dramatic entry of Princess Diana’s character.
And as the long run Princess of Wales was launched to the plethora of followers, there was one shared query hovering over all our heads: What is the Balmoral Test?
Royal professional and Royal Editor at Large for BAZAAR.com Omid Scobie spoke concerning the initiation course of.
“They call it the queen’s Balmoral Test but I would call it more of a royal initiation. Out of those privileged enough to have been invited to Balmoral Castle during the summer, not everyone has passed,” he mentioned.
“Diana famously flew through it, thanks to her aristocratic background and upbringing, but the likes of Cherie Blair [the wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair] and our current Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, have not,” he went on to say.
“If you’ve scored an invite, prepare to brush up on your royal protocol, have a wealth of talking points at the ready, an outfit for EVERY occasion (from hunting to black tie) and, most importantly, be on your best behavior at all times. Social etiquette is a must!”
“If you don’t like the food, eat it anyway. If you don’t like trampling through the Highlands in the wind and rain, tough! Unlike a visit to Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle, this is the queen’s private residence and a front row seat within her inner sanctum. You are entering her space and whatever she does goes,” he mentioned.
“I’ve heard of guests being so keen to impress during their Balmoral stay, and so worried about being judged for putting a foot wrong, they will go as far as packing brand new pajamas, underwear, and toiletries so that when a maid or valet unpacks their belongings away in their room, absolutely nothing can be judged and no negative word can get back to the queen,” he continued.
“But despite all the talk of it being a ‘test’, the Queen is also at her most laid back during summers at Balmoral. Her Majesty will always goes out of her way to make every guest feel welcome and at home,” he mentioned.
“You will be included in the family barbecues, part of every meal and, if you’re lucky enough, get to play with the queen’s dogs,” he added.
Tobias Menzies, who performs Prince Philip on the present, spoke concerning the Balmoral Test episode which reveals Diana and Margaret Thatcher being examined.
“Two very totally different ladies [Princess Diana and Margaret Thatcher] being examined by means of this prism of the unusual etiquette and guidelines, barely unreadable, of this household,” he mentioned.
“Diana will get it and due to this fact passes with flying colours, [which] is an enormous a part of why that relationship is championed by the household going ahead. Whereas Thatcher is out of her depth and does not perceive the hidden, unstated guidelines, and units up the remainder of the sequence about her type of animosity to the privilege of this class,” he added.