I actually never thought for a second about it. But once when visiting a castle I walked down the stairs with someone who had grown up visiting castles of family members and friends. And when I was holding the balustrade – as about all other visitors around us – he laughed and explained to me that royals and nobles – and their relatives – are usually taught from an early age that you shouldn’t do that.
You’re actually supposed to walk right through the middle, on the carpet.
Of course there are cases in which you are excused. When you don’t walk well anymore for example. And I suppose it also counts for women wearing high heels and long dresses. If they walk up and down on their own, without anyone to support them, I can imagine that they rather hold the handrail in case that …
8 thoughts on “Etiquette: How to walk up and down the Stairs”
The fact you are not able to walk on court shoes/high heels cannot be a valid reason to hold the rail.
Have you ever tried yourself 🙂
Why I can never be a Princess
Zelfs met een lange rok zou ik geen trapleuning vasthouden. Dan heb hoe ik me rok aan de voorkant in mijn handen zodat ik er niet op kan stappen. En de trap af gaat vanzelf. En met hakken een trap op valt ook nog wel mee. Je moet alleen wel goed opletten dat je stevig op de trede gaat staan!
Knap, maar moet zeggen dat ik geen hoge hakken draag, en zeker geen naaldhakken. Maar ach, de hertogin van Cambridge houdt de leuning ook vast, dus ik ben de enige niet 🙂
Surely in a proper castle there would always be a servant to offer support?
Would be nice, wouldn’t it?
I love holding the handrail, although I have become somewhat more scary and careful since I went down the stairs a year ago and had an accident. The muscles in the left foot and ankle are still not fully allright. Rail ended before the end of the steps and although I knew the stairs hadn’t ended yet, I just automatically stepped down – a about two/three steps at once.