Friday, May 04, 2007

Greeting The Queen - A guide for the U.S. visit

I have previously written about what to do when you meet royalty and nobility. However, in honor of The Queen and Prince Philip's visit to the United States, I thought I would give a refresher:

  • Contrary to popular belief, when you meet the Queen, it's optional to curtsey or bow. You could do both but you might get a strange look.

  • When you greet her, speak when spoken to. But don't tell her your life story. If you do, you may notice her shifting her purse as a signal for her staff to rescue her.

  • Address her as 'Your Majesty' and 'Ma'am' thereafter. Do not call her 'Cabbage' or 'Lilibet'

  • Shake her hand when she offers it. Be gentle - no hand crushing grips.

  • Outside of handshakes, do not, under any circumstances, hug or touch her in any way. Kissing is completely innapropriate.

  • Don't ask for her autograph

  • Don't ask to pose with her or ask Prince Philip to take a picture of you together.

  • Don't offer her food or gum. Even if she looks hungry.

  • Above all remember, if in doubt be polite.

© Marilyn Braun 2007

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