Queen Elizabeth II is one of the most famous women in the world, so if you ever get a chance to meet her, there are a few royal rules that you might want to follow.
While the official website of the royal family states that there are no ‘obligatory codes of behaviour’ when you meet The Queen, we have rounded up the traditional codes of conduct you might want to follow to avoid becoming the court jester.
Don’t call her Elizabeth
While her family lovingly call her Lillibet, we suggest stiking clear of any nicknames.
When you first met The Queen, you should address her as Your Majesty before using switching to the more informal ma’am.
But, when you are leaving must farewell her with Your Majesty again.
Don’t just stand there
When you are introduced to Her Majesty, men should bow their heads from the neck only and women should do a small curtsey.
However, you can shake hands the usual way.
Don’t be late
Well this is one goes without saying – guests should arrive before The Queen.
Don’t touch her
While you won’t end up in the Tower of London if you touch The Queen, this has long been frowned upon.
It is best not to initiate physical contact with a royal family member unless they prompt it first.
Never speak first
Etiquette dictates that you should let The Queen speak to you and let her lead the conversation. And, never ask any personal questions.
If you are lucky enough to end up at a dinner table with the royal it is customary for the guest of honour to sit to the right of The Queen. Traditionally she is reported to speak to this person first before switching her attention to the person on her left for the second course of the meal.
Never turn your back to The Queen
It is considered a huge no-no to turn your back on Her Majesty when you are in her presence. You should also avoid taking your gaze away from her or turning to look at something behind you.
Don’t sit down
Don’t worry, we don’t expect you to stand through dinner if you have been invited.
But, if you happen to be seated when The Queen enters the room, you should stand up. If you remain seated that is said to be considered a huge sign of disrespect.
Don’t leave first
Before you head for the door, you should check whether The Queen has left yet.
Royal etiquette guide Debrett’s says that, “no guest should leave an event before a member of the Royal Family.”
However, it is acceptable if you have receieved permission through a private secretary.
The same reportedly goes for eating and going to bed!