WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 18:  Queen Elizabeth II Addresses Guests At A State Banquet Hosted For French President Jacques Chirac And Madame Bernadette Chirac At Windsor Castle In Celebration Of The Centenary Of The Entente Cordiale  (Photo by Tim Graham Picture Library/Getty Images)
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Why There Are So Many Wine Glasses On The Table At Royal Banquets
Learning the dining etiquette for fancy restaurants and formal events can be daunting, and this is doubly true for banquets with the British royal family at Buckingham Palace. Everything at these special meals is meticulously planned out, including the wine, which is not only of superior quality, but is served with multiple glasses.
The wines offered at a royal banquet must showcase some of England's own excellence while also suiting any given guest. Therefore, guests may be given up to six crystal glasses, one of which is for water, while the others have their own unique shape that is intended to be paired with a specific wine offered at the event.
The wines themselves are also fit for royalty. For instance, President Barack Obama's State Banquet at Buckingham Palace included a prize-winning 2004 sparkling rosé from Sussex's Ridgeview Estate Winery, a red Echezeaux Grand Cru 1990, and the French Champagne Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Vintage Rich 2002.