Royal Etiquette

By: Lindsey Ward
By: Lindsey Ward

May 2, 2007

Queen Elizabeth II, in her 55 years on the British throne, it is safe to say she has met a lot of people all over the world.

Governor Kaine's website lists royal rules in detail .

Everyone must stand and address her as Your Majesty when she enters a room. When she stops eating, you should too, but what about her husband? What should you call him?

“She's the queen. I’d call him the king,” one local worker.

“Does she have a husband? I thought she was an old maid or a widow or something,” said Carmen Villageoiu.

Prince Phillip is lower than the queen and should be called Your Royal Highness.

Bowing to either is not required in the U.S., but if you do, there are rules on a proper curtsy or bow.

The proper way for women to curtsy is to Her Majesty is to take your right foot, put it behind your left and bend at the knees. Men bow, but only at the neck.

Now you know how to give a greeting fit only for a queen.


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