Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla are coming to America! On March 17th, they will arrive and spend three days undertaking a broad range of engagements in Washington, D.C. and Louisville, KY.
Just in case you run into them, you must make sure that you follow proper Royal Etiquette.
Do you curtsy, bow, salute, or shake hands? Unless you are British, you don't curtsy or bow to British Royalty. Wait until they speak to you before you speak. Don't shake hands until the royal hand is offered to you.
When meeting the Prince, it's a gracious gesture to give a bow from the head. Address the Prince as "Your Royal Highness," then "Sir."
When meeting the Duchess you might do a little bob, just to show respect. Address the Duchess as "Your Royal Highness," then "Ma'am."
If you are British, you curtsy to the Duchess...Put your right foot behind your left foot and briefly lower yourself several inches while bending at the knees with one foot forward. Be sure to keep your upper body straight.
Sarah Brown, wife of the former U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown, gracefully curtsies to the Duchess of Cornwall.
Hugging or kissing a member of the Royal Family is definitely a Royal Etiquette faux pas!