With Prince Harry and Meghan Markle set to arrive in Australia in October, it’s time to brush up on our royal etiquette.
Although no one’s going to get sued for doing the wrong thing in front of the British royal family, there are some guidelines in place to ensure you make a good impression.
Here are the five rules to abide by if you happen to meet a member of the British royal family.
Greet them appropriately
While bowing or curtsying isn’t exactly necessary, it follows the traditional forms.
The royal family’s website suggests women do a small curtsy while meeting members of the royal family, while men should do a neck bow.
Don’t go beyond a handshake
Out of respect for both their position and for security reasons, the most important rule of all is to never go beyond a handshake when greeting members of the royal family.
Despite the rule being in place, people break it all the time.
Back in 2009, Michelle Obama was lambasted by the media for hugging the Queen.