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William Hanson

Etiquette expert and social commentator

William Hanson is an etiquette consultant, broadcaster and social commentator, based in Manchester, UK.

His work has taken him all over the world and William has worked with and advised private households, VIPs, business professionals, and schools & universities. He is a tutor for leading etiquette & household management consultancy The English Manner, and domestic arts training school The Household Academy.

William is a 50-year-old, trapped inside the body of a 23-year-old. He currently has 2 iPhone & iPad apps available: one on Royal Protocol; the other a free Royal trivia quiz, 'How Royal Are You?'.

The Royal Baby

If we follow the precedent of other recent Royal babies, such as Viscount Severn and Lady Louise (the Prince & Countess of Wessex's two children), William and Catherine's child will be given a title a day or so after the birth. Buckingham Palace will now be thinking of options for the child, but it will remain a secret until after the birth.
03/12/2012 16:42 GMT

Downton Etiquette Explained - Series 3, Episode 8

Even though I have sat through the past eight weeks nit-picking and exclaiming in cod-horror every time one of the cast appeared with one too many buttons fastened, this third series of Downton Abbey has been excellent.
05/11/2012 09:53 GMT

Downton Etiquette Explained - Series 3, Episode 7

The end of Downton series 3 is in sight. Quite frankly I don't know how I will cope when its gone. But let's not dwell, and focus on the issues of etiquette that were featured in the penultimate episode of this stellar series.
29/10/2012 11:15 GMT

Celebrate (by) Pippa Middleton

The pictures are, frankly, nauseatingly middle class. I am loath to bang on the class drum again (as I feel the Middletons have had enough of all that in the past) but she hasn't helped herself here at all.
25/10/2012 13:56 BST

Downton Etiquette Explained - Series 3, Episode 4

It was so refreshing to get some quality drama on ITV1 last night following <a href="" target="_hplink">the farce that came before</a> this week's stellar episode of <em>Downton Abbey</em>.
08/10/2012 10:36 BST

Downton Etiquette Explained - Series 3, Episode 3

Episode 3, perhaps my favourite one of the series to date, contained relatively few etiquette slip-ups, which for a large chunk of the episode worried me that I would have nothing to say! But, panic not, I found some, as well as some other interesting matters of note.
01/10/2012 09:27 BST

Downton Etiquette Explained - Series 3, Episode 2

The custom of pouring wine right up the top of the glass is something only modern (high street) restaurants do. For a moment last night the dining table of Downton looked like Pizza Express.
24/09/2012 09:38 BST

Downton Etiquette Explained - Series 3, Episode 1

<em>Downton Abbey</em> waltzed back on to our screen last night, to the gratitude of the nation. It will come as no surprise that this is one of my favourite shows, not just because of the drama and characters but also the etiquette, customs and clearly defined class structure that was present at the time.
17/09/2012 08:59 BST

Wimbledon Etiquette

Wimbledon is one of the only sporting tournaments to enforce a strict dress code on players. When former champion Rafael Nadal first played in the competition in 2005 he was famous for tight fitting colourful tops, but Wimbledon regulators suggested that he switch to white equivalents instead.
27/06/2012 17:13 BST

The British Empire Medal Strikes Back

The Prime Minister David Cameron has revived the Medal of the Order of the British Empire for Meritorious Service... or, to the common man, the British Empire Medal. Although it has always been awarded in other Commonwealth countries, former premier John Major decided to scrap it during his tenure at Downing Street on the basis that it was helping fuel a class-riddled society.
15/06/2012 16:59 BST

Thanks for the Jubilee, Ma'am

The celebrations from the Jubilee weekend are still fresh in our minds and will live on in our memories and affections for years to come. Buckingham Palace and the Royal Household put on a jolly good show for not just the British public but for the wider world to show that we Brits know how to celebrate in style.
05/06/2012 22:06 BST

How to Throw Your Own Garden Party

The Diamond Jubilee weekend is here; people up and down the land will be celebrating and gathering with friends and family. You may be opting to take part in the 'Big Lunch' on the Sunday, or throw a tea party or picnic on the Bank Holiday Monday. But another option would be to throw your own garden party.
31/05/2012 17:36 BST

The Dummies' Guide to the State Opening of Parliament

Her Majesty is not known to like public speaking, but sees it as a duty that she must perform. The government of the day writes the words of Her Majesty's speech, and as 'head' of the government she simply reads them - regardless of whether she agrees with the finer details.
08/05/2012 22:15 BST

The Apprentice's New Candidates: Notes on the Boys' Dress Sense

<em>The Apprentice</em> kicks off again on our screens next week and pictures have been released of the latest batch of candidates that will take part in the marathon job interview in order to gain investment from Lord Sugar. What struck me about the latest bunch - especially the boys - was their inability to dress properly.
13/03/2012 11:19 GMT

The Olympic Handshake Fiasco

Do we really think it is sensible to make our athletes - our ambassadors - refuse the hand of a competitor on the grounds that 'they don't know where it's been' and they may catch a nasty bug? This really is bonkers. I am still speechless now.
06/03/2012 11:42 GMT

How to Shake Hands Properly: A Guide for Luis Suarez

At the weekend, Liverpool footballer and all round douchebag Luis Suarez refused to shake the hand of Manchester United footballer Patrice Evra. What makes this rather childish refusal even more ludicrous is that it was Suarez who was in the wrong in the first place!
13/02/2012 11:20 GMT