just fyi . . .

Queen Elizabeth visits New York City: Rules to live by in case you meet ‘Your Majesty’

DAILY NEWS STAFF,  Tuesday, July 6th 2010

– Don’t bow. “We are not her royal subjects,” says etiquette expert Jacqueline Whitmore. “A U.S. citizen does not bow or curtsy.”

– Don’t offer a handshake, a fist-bump or a high-five. “You don’t offer your hand to royalty, you don’t reach out and touch her,” Whitmore says. “You wait for her to offer her hand.”

– Watch your mouth. Address her first as “Your Majesty,” then as “Ma’am.” “No catcalls, please,” Whitmore says. “And you wouldn’t call her ‘Liz’ or ‘Elizabeth.’ ”

– Don’t treat her husband as a commoner.  Prince Philip is lower in rank than his wife, but he still must be addressed as “Your royal highness” and “sir.”

– Steer clear of talk about her former daughters-in-law – Princess Diana and Fergie.  Chat instead about dogs and horses; the queen likes them.

– Don’t bother asking to be knighted

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 Oprah Winfrey

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