Don't tweet from the church. That's the headline from an article published by the Associated Press today. Who ever would have thought that the time would come when people would have to be told not to take their cell phones to the royal wedding or if they do, to turn them off and certainly not to tweet or update their Facebook status during the ceremony. We have certainly sunk to a new low when it comes to etiquette and protocol.
As a business etiquette expert who speaks and writes about the rules of manners on a daily basis, I was surprised that I was surprised. I can understand the need to explain proper attire in today's world of jeans and flip-flops and to advise people on when and how to interact with the Queen. After all it is not every day that one is invited to a royal wedding. But not to tweet. Shouldn't anyone included on the guest list have knowledge of at least the basic rules of good manners?
My favorite quote from the article is this: "The ultimate faux pas would be to have your mobile phone go off in the Abbey, even if you had 'God Save the Queen' as your ringtone."
Is it just me?