Amazon Alexa can now teach you Royal skills – including how to greet the Queen

You can now learn Royal etiquette and other Platinum Jubilee trivia from your Amazon Alexa smart speaker.

A team of Royal experts, including the Queen's former chef, has teamed up with Alexa to train you how to enjoy afternoon tea like the Royal Family and stir a cup of tea 'properly'.

You can now ask your device "Alexa, should I put cream or jam on a scone first?" or "Alexa, how does one have afternoon tea like the Queen?" and a range of other questions to get you in proper polite form for this weekend's Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Users can also school themselves on Royal trivia and ask Alexa to sing the national anthem. (Just don't ask it anything about Prince Andrew…)

Darren McGrady, the Queen's former chef said: "When I started as a young chef at Buckingham Palace, it was fascinating to see how important afternoon tea was to the Queen—so it's a pleasure to be able to share my expertise of the tradition through Alexa."

He added that the Queen enjoys two types of sandwiches, "often English York ham with English mustard and cucumber, with the skins removed and sent to the royal cellars for Pimm's garnish."

Royal expert Jennie Bond, who also helped train Alexa on these Jubilee skills, added: "I'm lucky enough to have spent a fair bit of time around the royal family, so I know exactly what it takes to keep the company of those in Buckingham Palace.

"I'm so glad to have passed on my wisdom to Alexa—and now Brits everywhere can take the quiz to find out how royal they are."

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Here's some of the things you can ask Alexa:

  • Alexa, should I put cream or jam on a scone first?
  • Alexa, what’s the correct way to pronounce scone?
  • Alexa, what’s the correct way to hold a cup of tea?
  • Alexa, how does one have afternoon tea like the Queen?
  • Alexa, what’s the correct way to stir a cup of tea?
  • Alexa, what’s the correct way to eat sandwiches during afternoon tea?
  • Alexa, talk like the Queen

You can also enter a Royal trivia quiz by asking, "Alexa, how royal am I?"

For the republicans out there, you could also try asking: "Alexa, how did France get rid of its monarchy?" or "Alexa, who was Maximilien Robespierre?".

  • Amazon
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
  • Royal Family

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