When You Meet Queen Elizabeth
When you meet Queen Elizabeth, yeah, like that’s going to happen, there are do’s and don’ts. If you do any of the don’ts it doesn’t necessarily mean you will be harmed, but you may be very embarrassed. First, you need to remember to say “ma’am” like in “ham.” Say this politely and show your manners. Depending on if you are male or female you will either bow or curtsey. You should not kneel at her feet, try to grab her hand, and kiss it.
Don’t touch the Queen. Yes, there are people such as President Barack and his wife who have done so, but it really isn’t a proper behavior. Believe it or not, this goes back to Medieval times. During this time, according to historian Kate Williams, “monarchs were divinely appointed to rule by God, so they were kind of seen as gods, so they demanded to be treated as gods.”
The day you plan to meet the Queen (which, let’s face it, will most likely never happen unless you are a political figure or Hollywood star), you need to present her with a gift. This is a must! The gift needs to be appropriate. For example, if she is visiting in Portland, Oregon, a beautiful bouquet of roses would be proper; a dozen of eggs would not. If you plan to meet her in Las Vegas, Nevada, a plaque, token (such as a silver dollar), or some other gesture would be appropriate. Although it is known as a party town (Prince Harry once thought so), a bottle of whiskey would not be an appropriate gift.
Depending on where you will be meeting the Queen, you should dress accordingly. If it is a dinner/dance you should be dressed in a gown, or suit. You should never meet her in torn Levis and a tank top. Also refer to her as “Your Majesty” or “Ma’am.” It is not appropriate to call her Liz, sweetheart or honey. If you are attending a formal dinner with Her Majesty, never start eating your meal before she does. Then, when you notice she has finished eating you need to stop stuffing your face also.
There are many more “rules” to follow. If you “might” meet the Queen in the future you will want to refer to the “monarchy’s website.”