Eight things you are forbidden from doing in the Queen’s presence and how to avoid them

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Prince Philip will be laid to rest in a private ceremony at Windsor on Saturday.

And the Queen, who was married to the Duke of Edinburgh for 73 years, will lead 30 mourners at the funeral held at St George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

But despite an intimate ceremony due to coronavirus restrictions, these are the things that people are forbidden from doing in the Queen’s company.

The Royal Website states: “Before meeting Her Majesty, many people ask how they should behave.

“The simple answer is that there are no obligatory codes of behaviour – just courtesy.”

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1. Do not touch Her Majesty

Guests must only shake the Queen’s hand if she offers it.

In 2009 traditional protocol was breached when Michelle Obama and Her Majesty were spotted with their arms around each other.

2. Greeting

On first meeting with the Queen, guests should refer to the monarch as Your Majesty and after Ma’am which is pronounced like jam.

However Your Majesty must be used again when she leaves.

3. Conversation

The Queen will start conversation at dinner if you are on seated on her right during a meal.

It is customary for a guest of honour to be seated to the right of Queen Elizabeth.

The monarch will speak to this person for the first course of the dinner before turning to the person on her left for the following course.

The Queen must also initiate the conversation and people are advised to wait until they are spoken to.

4. Leave before the Queen

Guests must wait for the Queen to leave before exiting unless permission has been granted through a private secretary.

5. Eat before the Queen

While the dish may look very appetising, guests must wait for the Queen before they start eating.

6. Take pictures at her home

The Queen is one of the most photographed women in the world but unofficial photography is not permitted when visiting her at home.

7. Bow or curtsy

Men are expected to do a neck bow, from the head only, while women do a small curtsy.

8. Stand up

Guests are expected to stand when the Queen enters the room.

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