Manners Begin at Breakfast

Modern Etiquette for Families
By: Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece
Foreword by Tory Burch
Introduction by Dr. Perri Klass
Illustrations by Lydia Starkey
232 pages
6 x 
9 in. 
 (152 x 
229 mm.), 
More than 100 
color illustrations
ISBN: 978-0-86565-371-9
US $24.95 / 
CAN $31.95 / 
GBP £19.95
PUBLISHED: Mar, 2020

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The founder of a successful children’s clothing line, author of an influential parenting blog, and mother of five children, Marie-Chantal of Greece is constantly asked how she manages to do it all. So many of these queries—about proper etiquette for children in our fast paced, technology-centered world—led her to recognize the need for a modern handbook on children’s manners. Manners Begin at Breakfast addresses rules of etiquette, including table manners, social media, fashion dos and don’ts, and party conversation. Covering children from infants to teens, it is an essential guide for all parents keen to raise polite, well-rounded children, equipped to thrive in society and develop into confident, successful adults.

Illustrated with charming, specially commissioned watercolors, featuring a foreword by designer Tory Burch and an introduction by leading pediatrician Dr. Perri Klass, and written in a lively, conversational style, it is certain to become a perennial, must-have parental resource.

Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece, Crown Princess of Greece, is the founder and creative director of Marie-Chantal, a leading international childrenswear brand, and the author of a popular parenting blog. Born in London, and one of three sisters, she spent her early years in Hong Kong before attending schools in Switzerland and Paris. Her passion and aptitude for art and design then led her to New York City, where she studied both fields, at the New York Academy of Arts and New York University. She married Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece, in 1995, and now they have five children: Maria-Olympia, Constantine Alexios,  Achileas-Andreas, Odysseas Kimon, and Aristide. 

Tory Burch is an award-winning fashion designer, businesswoman, and philanthropist. Launched in 2004, her eponymous American lifestyle brand is now a global empire, with more than 250 stores worldwide. In 2009, she set up the Tory Burch Foundation, to support women entrepreneurs. She has three children.

Dr. Perri Klass is a leading pediatrician and professor of journalism and pediatrics at New York University. She is also the national medical director of Reach Out and Read, a childhood literacy program in the US. A multi-award-winning author of numerous books on parenting and medicine, she writes a weekly column—“The Checkup”—for the New York Times science section. She has three children.

Lydia Starkey is a London-based illustrator with a diverse skill set and an innate ability to bring ideas to life using hand-drawn watercolor painting and typography. She has collaborated with a global client base on a wide range of projects. She enjoyed experimenting with different mediums and teaching drawing and art to children in her free time.

Royalty has some unrelatable standards of etiquette, but Marie-­Chantal of Greece is also a working mother of five (she runs her children’s clothing line, Marie-Chantal, out of London) and now an author … which means Marie-Chantal is as well versed in gauche Instagram posts as she is in curtsies.

The handsome hardcover volume gives lessons on good manners that all families can appreciate…the book explores the importance of taking time to connect with our children in a world that is constantly changed by technology.


There’s a new book out for parents, and it has nothing to do with decorating the nursery … Manners Begin at Breakfast [is] a how-to guide on navigating everything from international travel to playdate dress codes. And while it may seem like an overly fancy concept, it’s actually chock-full of actionable, sweetly illustrated tips, proving that modern etiquette doesn’t have to be some antiquated, chew-like-you-have-a-secret ordeal.


Beautifully presented, the book is filled with guidance rather than rules on how to navigate modern parenting situations. Littered with beautiful watercolor illustrations … this handbook will soon become an indispensable parenting bible for the modern world.

Marie-Chantal, Crown Princess of Greece, knows a thing or two about manners. (Queen Elizabeth was a guest at her wedding.) But when it came to writing Manners Begin at Breakfast: Modern Etiquette for Families, she leaned on her experiences as a New Yorker, sister, daughter, mother of five, and founder of an incredibly charming children’s line, as much as her decades of navigating royal politesse.


Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece, author of Manners Begin at Breakfast: Modern Etiquette for Families, puts some pomp in her Ps and Qs.

Vanity Fair

Manners Begin at Breakfast is an elegant call to courtesy and decorum—meant not to shame but to encourage.

Wall Street Journal

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