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!
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.
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.