Royal Protocol 101: Royals Meeting the Pope

Since King Felipe and Queen Letizia met with Pope Francis today--their first overseas engagement as King and Queen--I thought it was an appropriate time to discuss the protocol of Popes and Royals. Le Privilège du blanc "Privilege of the White" describes the tradition of allowing Catholic queens, princesses, and archduchesses to wear white in the …

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Royal Protocol 101: The Difference Between A ‘Crown Princess’ and a ‘Princess’

(This particular post has to do with Scandinavian Royal Protocol.) It's a seemingly simple explanation, though one I hadn't quite come to realize until just recently... I assumed Crown Princess (or Prince) was merely a title given, a fancier twist, if you will. But once I thought about it, I remembered that with royals, nothing …

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Royal Protocol 101: What to Do (and Not Do) When Meeting Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II

You find yourself standing in front of Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith. Perhaps you've been practicing your curtsy for months, waiting for this very moment, or …

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Royal Protocol 101: Titles and Why She Will Never Be ‘Princess Kate’

(This particular post has to do with British Royal Protocol.) Kate's title is actually Her Royal Highness, Princess William, Duchess of Cambridge, Countess of Strathearn. And it was never 'Princess Diana' I couldn't believe it either when I started researching royal titles last week. But it's very much true. In fact, a princess is only a …

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Royal Protocol 101: To Whom Must Duchess Kate Curtsy?

I read last night that the last time Queen Elizabeth II ever curtsied was when she curtsied to her father the King's body at his funeral. Intrigued by this fact I immediately begin looking into the 'Order of Curtsying,' or so I call it. I was surprised to come across the above graphic of the …

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