Thursday, 23 June 2011

My commentary on Royal Visit Protocol for 1310 News Ottawa

Royal visit protocol

1310 News and Canadian Press  Jun 22, 2011 12:11:34 PM
When it comes to what should and shouldn't be done in front of royalty there are a few rules, but for the most part acting natural is best.
Rafal Heydel-Mankoo, a royal commentator tells 1310News the royal family doesn't like when people get too wrapped up in the intricacies of protocol.
"The key thing is to be yourself, to relax and to observe common decencies, common manners," he says.
There are, however, a few rules that should be obeyed.
"Gentleman should give a short bow from the neck and ladies should give a small curtsey," he says. "One shouldn't address a member of the royal family until they have spoken to you and similarily don't put out your hand to shake unless they extend their hand to you first."

While there are different protocols for different events, Heydel-Mankoo says Canada Day should be fairly simple.

"Wear what you want, wave a flag, smile and enjoy the occasion," he says. "No one is going to be looking over your shoulder making sure you're doing the right thing."

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