Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Etiquette for Meeting the Queen

Should you meet the Queen, curtsy if you're female, bow if you are male but, not from the waist. Just a lowering of the head is sufficient. 
Actress Elizabeth Taylor Curtsies to Queen Elizabeth II as She Greets Her Before Banquet

On Talking to the Queen...

According to “Debrett's Correct Form,” a book which its publishers describe as “a guide to social and professional etiquette, precedence and protocol,” here's how you should talk to the Queen of England: Address her first as “Your Majesty.” After that, you may call her “ma'am,” which rhymes with 
jam. 

Never address her as “Queen” or refer to her as “you.” For example, “How is Your Majesty feeling?” is proper. “How are you feeling, Your Majesty?” is not. And never, never say, “What's cooking, Queenie?” Should you meet the Queen, curtsy if you're female, bow if you are male but, not from the waist. Just a lowering of the head is sufficient. — San Bernardino Sun, 1977


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