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Royal Wedding Etiquette When in Presence of the Queen

Updated on August 25, 2017
Prince William and Kate Middleton
Prince William and Kate Middleton | Source

Prince William and Kate are to be married on Friday April 29th, 2011 at 11 a.m. at Westminster Abbey.

When attending a “Royal Wedding” etiquette must be followed. Dress code is of high importance. For people attending the upcoming wedding for Prince Williams and Kate, the dress code was printed on the invitation. 

“Dress: Morning Coat or Lounge Suit”

A morning dress is ultra-formal to business wear that is worn till 6 p.m. and includes a hat and gloves. Morning coats are single breasted with the front cut away and tails in the back. Lounge suit is a waistcoat, formal shirt and tie with pants that are striped or checked

Do's and Don't's

  • Women are not to wear white. This color is reserved for the bride only. Black dresses are for mourning do not wear black. Nothing too short, nothing too long and nothing showing too much skin.
  • Couples attending the Royal Wedding should think about how they look together as far as their attire is concerned. Try to match appropriately.
  • Men if you are wearing a hat make sure that you take it off before entering the Church and carry it by your side. If you are in the armed services wear your military uniform.

Westminster Abbey West Door
Westminster Abbey West Door
Westminster Abbey North Entrance
Westminster Abbey North Entrance | Source


  • Arrive twenty minutes prior to the ceremony.
  • Never talk to Queen Elizabeth unless she speaks to you first.
  • Do not touch or kiss Queen Elizabeth.
  • During the receiving line do not shake hands with Queen Elizabeth or Prince Philip unless they extend their hand to you.
  • When speaking to the Royal Family do not stand too close to them and never ask personal questions.
  • Turn off all cell phones and computing devices during the ceremony and the reception.
  • You must bring a gift or donate to one of the charities that William and Kate support.
  • If invited and not attending you must send a gift.
  • Cameras are not allowed.
  • Only the British people are to curtsy and bow to the Queen. For the Royal Wedding Men bob their head and women bob at the knee.
  • At the reception to be hosted by Her Majesty The Queen, do not gulp your drinks sip them. Do not get drunk.

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Personal Note

To think at my own wedding all that I prohibited was drunken fighting and I was criticized for that.

© 2011 Susan Zutautas


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      heart4theword 6 years ago from hub

      It has been fun, seeing what pictures there were from the wedding...they do make a cute couple.

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      suejanet 6 years ago

      I will file this away for the next time I am in the UK and might meet royalty.

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      Brittany Rowland 6 years ago from Woodstock, GA

      Some good stuff to know, even if I never get to meet any royalty ;)

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      acaetnna 6 years ago from Guildford

      I'll have to remember this for the 29th then wont I! Great hub.

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      Indian 6 years ago

      I hope rules get reformed with time - Really liked this one - For the Royal Wedding Men bob their head and women bob at the knee. Hope this is not intended location for the brains, if it is than this rule should be changed

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      A UK tax payer 6 years ago

      Sorry, but Queen Elizabeth would do well to speak to me unprompted as I contribute towards her wages.

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      trafford 6 years ago from San Diego

      This is really awesome hub, i really didn't know about the whole story behind this royal Great job Just Ask Susan!

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      Sinea Pies 6 years ago from Northeastern United States

      Very nice hub. The life of the royal family is fascinating. Glad I'm not one, though! I'd rather dream and look from afar.

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      cyncags 6 years ago

      This is an excellent hub! Although there are too many rules: I still think it would be a blast and the experience of a life time to attend a royal event!


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      Mathieu11 6 years ago

      Thanks Susan, good to know! Now all I need is that pesky invitation...

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      Dexter 6 years ago

      This was a good hub! too bad I'm not invited to the wedding. They have too much rules at a royal wedding anyways lol

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      Sammy 6 years ago from Australia

      I like this hub! Thanks for the not-to-do's at the wedding...unfortunately I am not invited. :( I do love to read about it though!


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      Ramona 6 years ago

      I wonder how fast they would bundle you out of the reception if you got drunk? Would be a funny experience all around. Is it OK to get drunk if we're just watching it on television? and eat too many snacks and wear the wrong clothes? Pajamas, considering the time the wedding starts. BTW - the Queen Mother died a few years ago. William's grandmother is Queen Elizabeth.

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      Good information to know, I keep checking my mail - as of yet I haven't gotten my invitation! Darn, it must have gotten lost in the mail like Diana's did back in the 80's. Since I didn't ever get the invite I had no return address to send my gift. I shall dust off the Jackalope (saved for just an occasion) and have it ready to go!

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      Glo L Bernadas 6 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks. Now I have a clear perspective on the proper decorum in a royal wedding.

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      futurenetads 6 years ago from india

      great information

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Kate and arby thanks for the comments.

      jadugan I am sure they are both a bit nervous about now.

      Denise thanks again and congrats on your two. I hardly ever sign in on the hubpages main page as I just come in via an email alert so I rarely see the featured articles.

      Meghan It would be a great story to tell!

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      meghankay 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I'm not going to lie, getting drunk at a royal wedding would probably be one of those stories you tell several times over the course of your life.

      Here's to her Majesty the Queen, Cheers!

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Susan-I know what you mean. I usually don't scroll through those, so I was grateful in March when my daughter notified me that I had 2 stories featured that week. Enjoy the notoriety!

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      jadugan 6 years ago from Radford, Virginia

      Can you imagine the absolute horror of getting drunk at the royal wedding? The idea embarrases me. I wish I could see them in person! I'd love to stand in the street and see Kate drive by. Poor girl, she's probably terrified.

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      arby 6 years ago

      wow there are a lot of rules haha

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      Kate 6 years ago

      It's a good thing I'm not invited to this party... I might break all the rules.

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Chatkath It is quite the affair! I would love to attend but just don't think I have anything to wear :)

      mojefballa and David thanks for reading and for your comments.

      Denise Hey thanks so much. I would not have even known it was featured if you had not have left your comment.

      John Thank you for your comments.

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      John Orton 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing. Looks like this going to be bigger than our thoughts and it should be, because its Royal B-)

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Susan, congrats on having this timely hub hit the featured hubs this week. :) Well done.

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      David 6 years ago

      Interesting so many things Do and also Not To Do, out all the hardest one would be “do not gulp your drinks sip them “ Hmm.. LoL

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      Ikeji Chinweuba 6 years ago from Nigeria

      Great information which i enjoyed reading from,thanks for sharing.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      So many things to remember, I figured it would be complicated but....this is quite an affair isn't it?! Great information Susan!

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Linda thanks so much for adding to my hub, I myself eat so slow I would surely starve in the presence of Princess Alexandra.

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      Linda Rawlinson 6 years ago from Lancaster, UK

      Thanks for this Susan, because I was a little worried that I would be underdressed. You've cleared it all up for me, and I'm sure I won't embarrass my family now :D

      I know another one, though I don't know if this will apply at such a big event: when I worked at the university in my town, the Chancellor was Princess Alexandra (the Queen's cousin); when attending an event at which a member of the Royal Family is present, one must only eat when the royal personage eats, and if the royal personage has finished eating then EVERYONE has finished eating. Princess Alexandra had a very small appetite, so that everyone who was invited to lunch with her faced the choice of eating very quickly, or going hungry!

      Lovely hub, it made me smile :)


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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Radioguy good idea and you can just follow the map that I have included :)

      Gigi It would be quite a dilemma trying to figure out a gift for these two. However they have asked their guests to donate to their favorite charities rather than give them toasters or tea sets. I would imagine they have more than what the average common folk have.

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      Gigi Thibodeau 6 years ago

      Great hub! It got me thinking about just what one would buy for the royal couple. What could they possibly need? Wouldn't it be great if they had a wedding registry at like Harrod's or Selfridges? Somehow I can't imagine they'd have things like salad bowls and juice glasses on it! :)

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Well if you do Susan - write a hub about it:-)!

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Radioguy-LOL that's funny! Good luck with that...

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      Radioguy 6 years ago from Maine

      Thanks! I'm going to print these just in case I get a wedding invitation.

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Susan--I agree LOL Cheers!

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Pamela I just found it interesting to research all the no no's of a royal wedding. There were quite a few that I already knew about but some that I didn't know.

      RealHousewife I just want to shake the Queen's hand without getting chastised.

      Thanks ejazhmed for reading.

      Denise what's a wedding if you cannot drink to excess :)

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Great info. I love a good royal wedding. The last I viewed was the young chap's parents. I rather think it would be jolly to get drunk, kiss the Queen Mother and say a word or two about her grandson...of course, I'd be escorted out of there quicker than the buzz of a bumblebee-which is what the word would be, I'm sure, should that ever happen.

      I can hardly wait for your hub on the recap of the wedding ceremony.

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      ejazahmed2609 6 years ago from Abu Dahbi, UAE

      It is an interesting hub through this one can imagine the manners of Wedding in Royal family.

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      This Is great :-). Now I know that the next time I run into the Queen, I shalt not hug her! Haha!

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      Not that I'll ever need this information since I will be attending it was an interesting hub end of course the wedding be fascinating. Thanks Royal over view. :-)