Kate Middleton not only became a royal in 2011, she was also deemed to have the most royal of manners.
The National League of Junior Cotillions named the 29-year-old, who wed her own Prince Charming, Prince William, last April, to the top of its list of the Ten Best-Mannered People of 2011
On the other end of the manners spectrum, America’s version of reality TV royalty, Kim Kardashian, was named the Most Ill-Mannered person of the year, thanks in large part to her 72-day, quickie marriage to her un-Prince Charming, NBA star Kris Humphries.
The group blasted Kardashian, 31, for “making a private matter public and disrespecting the institution of marriage.”
Middleton, on the other hand, was chosen for “the poise and dignity with which she conducts herself in the public spotlight,” NLJC national director Elizabeth Anne Winters said in a statement.
The annual list of actors, celebrities, singers and athletes is compiled by the etiquette and social training program, and the criteria for inclusion are a person’s “demonstration of dignity, honor and respect,” Winters said. Cotillion students and directors nationwide nominated individuals to be considered.
Coming in second place behind Middleton was pop singing sensation Justin Bieber, likely a favorite of the cotillion students, who was lauded for “consistently showing courtesy to his fans.”
Former “American Idol” judge Paula Abdul, now a judge on Fox’s “The X Factor,” rounded out the top three for her “encouragement to aspiring entertainers.”
The list also had a few surprises.
Jackie Evancho, the 11-year-old singer who wowed audiences last year on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” took seventh place for “demonstrating humility and politeness as a young performer.”
Country singer Taylor Swift came in at No. 5, while fellow young starlet and “Harry Potter” star Emma Watson placed ninth.
Rounding out the top 10 were two athletes, Green Bay Packer star Aaron Rogers in fourth place, and Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow in the 10th place spot.
Both were chosen for being positive role models and “displaying good sportsmanship on and off the field,” the group said.