US President Donald Trump recently came under fire for seemingly breaking royal protocol when he and his family visited Queen Elizabeth in London…

It was widely reported that Trump broke royal protocol by walking ahead of the Queen as they inspected the Queen’s Guard. So what should he have done instead? There are a number of rules to follow when meeting the Queen. One of them is, you should never walk ahead of her, and you should always follow her lead.

So to avoid making international headlines for all the wrong reasons, here are some dos and don’ts for when you meet the Queen!


U.S. President Donald Trump and Britain’s Queen Elizabeth inspect the Coldstream Guards during a visit to Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque


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While the royals’ website states that there are ‘no obligatory codes of behaviour’ when meeting the Queen, here is a guide to the traditional protocols to follow when meeting Her Majesty.

Britain Prime Minister Theresa May curtsies as she greets Britain’s Queen Elizabeth at a Ceremonial Welcome for Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima on Horse Guards Parade in London, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima are on a State Visit to Britain. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, Pool)


Amongst the rules:

  • Women should curtsey, men bow their heads
  • You may shake hands with the Queen, but only if she offers her hand first
  • Address the Queen firstly as ‘Your Majesty’ and subsequently as ‘Ma’am’

Watch the video above for more royal protocol when it comes to meeting the Queen.

Britain’s Kate, The Duchess of Cambridge curtsies as Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II arrives to attend the Easter Mattins Service at St. George’s Chapel, at Windsor Castle in England Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, pool)