Modern Etiquette: Getting it right with royalty on jubilee

Mon Jun 4, 2012 4:12pm EDT
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By Jo Bryant

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is gripped by Jubilee fever. Across the country, bunting is strung up, picnics and street parties are happening as this weekend sees the official weekend for The Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

An additional bank holiday has been issued to mark the occasion, allowing festivities to span four days.

There is a host of official events to enjoy, including a spectacular pageant of over 1,000 boats travelling up the river Thames, the lighting of 2,012 beacons across the UK and Commonwealth and a star-studded concert right outside Buckingham Palace.

The weekend culminates with a carriage procession through London and, of course, the obligatory appearance on Buckingham Palace's iconic balcony.

For The Queen, 2012 has been a busy year as she and the Duke of Edinburgh have travelled all over the UK to celebrate her 60 years on the throne.

Other members of the Royal Family have also travelled across the country and the Commonwealth, representing the Monarch, to mark the momentous occasion of The Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

For the lucky few who get the chance to meet The Queen and other members of the Royal Family, there is plenty of protocol and etiquette that should be strictly observed:

Meeting The Queen   Continued...

Royal fan William Wallace waits on The Mall for the start of the Diamond Jubilee concert for Britain's Queen Elizabeth in London June 4, 2012 . REUTERS/Ki Price