It's "ma'am" as in "jam"…
…not “ma’am” as in “marmalade”.
Debrett’s, the ultimate British guide to social etiquette and style, is very clear on how one should greet Her Majesty The Queen: as well as correct pronunciation, it’s important to bow from the head (not the waist) and restrict a curtsy to “a discreet but dignified bob”. Since winning the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, we’ve had to brush up on our royal dos and don’ts – as well as a presentation from the Lord Lieutenant, a delegation from ORA Head Office will be invited to meet Her Majesty at an official ceremony in July.
Although you won’t see Queen Elizabeth herself, if you’re staying at our St. Hugh’s campus in Session 5 you’ll be treated to a visit to London and a tour of Buckingham Palace, home of the Royal Family since 1837. Originally built for the Duke of Buckingham in 1703, the palace boasts 775 rooms and 19 sumptuous state rooms, not to mention a vast picture gallery hung with renowned works of art. In celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday (last Thursday – many happy returns, ma’am!), the Palace will also be hosting the largest exhibition of Her Majesty’s fashion pieces ever put on public display. Ever fancied a peek inside a queen’s wardrobe? Original 1920s jewellery sits alongside couture by notable designers such as Sir Hardy Amies and Ian Thomas.
Even at 90 the Queen is a phenomenally busy woman, and is estimated to spend fewer than 100 nights a year at Buckingham Palace. If you want to know whether she’s at home, however, look at what’s flying from the roof: the Royal Standard flag indicates that the monarch is present.
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