“The soul of politeness is not a question of rules but of tranquility, humility, and simplicity. And in the taking of tea it finds perhaps its most perfect expression.” -Ms. Dorothea Johnson, Director of Protocol School of Washington, in her book Tea and Etiquette.
Across cultural lines, high tea is an accepted and refined mini-break during the day. Combining sweets with savories, it is a time-honored tradition accessible for the royals to the regulars. Pinkies up.