This week, we will be starting a new series centered around tips and tricks for royal etiquette and how to incorporate those tips into your daily life. While we may never marry Prince Harry and become British royalty, Kate has given us a stunning example of how to act regal and ladylike at all times. We each have the opportunity to use royal etiquette and add a dash of royalty to our everyday lives.
This week’s first EtiKate topic will be on meeting the Queen. If I ever, by some twist of fate, do receive the outstanding privilege of meeting Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II, there are certain rules to which one must adhere. Starting with introductions, when meeting the Queen, a lady must not speak until spoken to. After the Queen addresses you, proceed by addressing her first as Your Majesty and then as Ma’am for the remainder of the conversation. While it is up to you whether to curtsy or not, technically speaking, American citizens are not required to bow or curtsy when meeting the Queen; a handshake will do. It is also customary to bring a gift to present to her, as well. Commonly, gifts given to the Queen should reflect the giver’s home country in a unique way.
After you have greeted the Queen, there are a few other etiquette tips to follow. As much as you probably would want to if you were meeting the Queen, you should never ask her about Kate, William, or Harry. It is perfectly acceptable, however, to make the Queen laugh, as long as you are doing it in an appropriate way. You should also try your best to never turn your back to the Queen and always maintain eye contact.
If you have the even greater opportunity to have tea with the Queen, there are rules regarding that, as well. First, do not eat until she eats. If she stops eating, you must stop as well. You should also only hold the teacup, not both the teacup and the saucer and return the teacup to the saucer after every sip. It is also considered common etiquette to not leave to go to the restroom at any time during your visit with the Queen.
While these etiquette tips are very formal, they can still be translated into everyday life. It is so easy to get caught up in everything we have going on in our own lives that we so easily turn our backs when having conversations with people or lose eye contact. Treat your everyday conversations as if you were speaking with the Queen. It will make you look positively regal and make whomever you are talking to feel loved and cared about.
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