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If you bump into the Queen today…

July 6, 2010

If you ever bump into the Queen here is what you should do if you are to be prepared polished , and appropriate

• When the Queen enters a room, stand

• When first meeting the Queen address her as “Your Majesty” and then “Ma’am” thereafter.

• When departing, address her as “Your Majesty” again.

• By rank, the Duke of Edinburgh is lower than the Queen; thus he is addressed as “Your Royal Highness” (NOT Your Majesty, aka King). After first introductions, he should be addressed as “Sir” and when departing, addressed as “Your Royal Highness” again.

• If you are hosting the Queen you are expected to walk beside the Royals and make introductions as required.

• At least in Britain, when the Queen stops eating, you stop as well.

• In general, there are no obligatory codes of behavior, especially in the U.S. — as we do not recognize the Queen as our Head of Nation.

• Bowing is not required of U.S. citizens but shaking hands is acceptable. When shaking hands, wait until the Queen extends her hand first before extending yours.

• In Great Britain and the Commonwealth states, men bow and women curtsy. Men bow their head only, dropping it from the neck. Women perform a small curtsy, placing the right foot behind the left heel and then slightly bending the knees.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Bernard Cormier permalink
    July 6, 2010 5:47 PM

    As a Canadian, I was pleased to see the photograph you have chosen depicts Her Majesty wearing the Order of Canada. As Canada’s Head of State, she also acts as the fount of all honors. Enjoyed reading your protocol tips regarding meeting the Monarch.

    Look forward to future postings on Twitter!

    Bernard Cormier
    Saint John, New Briunswick

  2. July 6, 2010 8:07 PM

    Great to hear from you Bernard. Thank you for your insight. Please stay in touch we love your feedback

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