The Queen’s Visit To Bristol – Know Your Royal Protocol
Posted: 21 November 2012 9:15 pm Edited by:
As I’m sure you’re now all completely aware due to our incessant rambling on Twitter, The Queen and The Duke Of Edinburgh are to visit Bristol tomorrow for the first time in 7 years. In preparation for anyone tomorrow who is going into the City to try and see the Royals on their visit, here is a short guide to protocol and how to meet and greet Her Majesty and His Royal Highness.
It is a well known fact that The Queen likes to engage in ‘walk-abouts’ when on a royal visit. And seeing as The Duke Of Edinburgh will be with her, it may be the case that you’re fortunate enough to meet one of the Royals whilst in Bristol tomorrow, if that’s the case you’ll need to know the correct Royal Protocol.
When meeting The Queen, you should refer to her as ‘Your Majesty’ on first greeting and ‘Ma’am’ after that (Ma’am to rhyme with Jam not Ma’am rhyming with farm). At first greeting it is customary for British Subjects to bow or curtsey to The Queen. A bow should be from the neck, not waist and a curtsey should be one foot behind the other carried with a short bob nothing to elaborate. Her Majesty knows that meeting her is quite a scary, yet exciting experience so she’ll probably start talking and ask a question rather than blankly staring at you waiting for you to speak. Only shake her hand, once it has been offered. Correct protocol dictates that you should not offer your hand first.
If you are lucky enough to meet Prince Philip, protocol is slightly different. You should address him as ‘Your Royal Highness’ at first and then ‘Sir’ after that. Same rules for curtseying and bowing apply and same rules for shaking hands. The Duke Of Edinburgh is known to be quite a character so you may be fortunate enough to see his funny side in conversation.
And finally, don’t forget that The Queen and Prince Philip are both human and they won’t expect you to be inch perfect, just speak naturally and you’ll be fine. You won’t get locked in the tower, we promise.