All right, someone has finally clarified the correct protocol for meeting the Queen. The cool guys over at Mental Floss have put together a great guide to the rules you should follow if you’re lucky enough to meet the Queen.
From the post:
Firstly, don’t speak until you’re spoken to. But after that, when you meet the Queen, it is customary to address her as â€œYour Majestyâ€ at first, â€œMa’amâ€ thereafter, and then, â€œYour Majestyâ€ again upon taking your leave.
To Curtsey or not Curtsey?
Citizens of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth countries, upon meeting the Queen, should, in the case of men, give a short bow from the head and shoulders, or, in the case of women, curtsey. But as Americans, because of that whole Revolution thing, we don’t have to bow or curtsey – a gentle handshake will do just fine.
Overall it’s a very interesting post. Read the whole post on Meeting the Queen here.