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How to Address the Queen (and Other Important People)

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You’re in London celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee. You’re touring Westminster Cathedral and suddenly, surrounded by an entourage, there she is. You freeze. What now?

Knowing how to interact with members of an aristocracy can seem strange to many Americans. (Don’t worry—it seems strange to many people in the United Kingdom, too.) But that doesn’t mean you cannot show the Queen the respect due to the second-longest-reigning British monarch in history. Read the rest of this entry