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The most usual toast, given after dinner (and the second grace, if said), is the loyal toast to the Sovereign. To obtain the necessary silence the toastmaster may say, without preamble, ‘Pray silence for your president/host/chairman’ etc. The principal host will then stand and give the toast. The variations are as follows:

– The first and principal loyal toast, as approved by The Queen, is ‘The Queen’. It is incorrect to use such forms as ‘I give you the loyal toast of Her Majesty The Queen’.

– The second loyal toast, which, if given, immediately follows the first, is ‘The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, and the other members of the Royal Family’.

– The loyal toast in Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside, and at Lancastrian organisations elsewhere in the country, is ‘The Queen, Duke of Lancaster’.

– In Jersey the toast of ‘The Queen, our Duke’ (ie Duke of Normandy) is local and unofficial, and used only when islanders are present. This toast is not used in the other Channel Islands.

Everybody else then stands up and the entire National Anthem may then be played (just the first six bars are played after a second loyal toast). When the music ends, glasses are raised and the toast is said – ‘The Queen’ – and drunk before everybody sits down again. Glasses should never be raised during the National Anthem.

A speaker proposing a toast (other than the loyal toast) should make this clear at the end of the speech in some such form as ‘I give you the toast of ……’, or ‘I ask you to rise and drink to the toast of ……’. This obviates any need for the toastmaster to say ‘The toast is ……’. The toastmaster should be given the form in which he is to make all announcements in writing.

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