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.

About Poisematters

Lori is a recognized Protocol and Etiquette expert who received her training in 1997 from The Protocol School of Washington. Lori is certified and trained in International and Corporate Protocol and Etiquette instruction. Lori began her career with the Disneyland Resort in 1975 and has over 40 years of service with Walt Disney Parks & Resorts. In 2001, Lori Dominguez received the Orange County Tourism Council's Service Excellence award in the area of accommodations (Hotels). Lori continues teaching workshops on Protocol & Etiquette to local schools in Southern California including Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Long Beach and Cal Poly Pomona and Chapman University. She enjoys Fashion, blogging, being a dog mom, loves social media and travel. Her family includes two grown sons; a husband who is a high school biology teacher; and one very spoiled Bernese Mountain Dog.
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