Tuesday, January 11, 2011

How to greet the Queen of England

Yes, she is royalty, but unless you're a citizen of Great Britain, don't curtsy or bow to the queen.

Over the weekend.....my husband and I saw a great movie and got me thinking about royalty. We saw the King's Speech and what a delightful true story, we both loved it. Listed below are a few bullet
points for all of you, just in case you are in a situation where you're able to meet a royal.

  • Address all correspondence to the " The Private Secretary of Her Majesty the Queen," not the queen herself.  Request the correspondence be communicated to her royal person.
  • Contact the queen at the following address:     Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, Buckingham Palace, London SW1A 1AA, England
    • Greet the queen as "your majesty" initially. Use Madame thereafter
    • Accept the queen's offer of a handshake, and of course, a bit of conversation if she's willing.
    • Don't show the queen your back, if you're following tradition, and leave the room only after the queen does.  Keep in mind that times have changed and formalities have eased.
    • If you have gloves on, remove them.

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