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Things You Should Know/Do If You Bump Into the Heir to the British Throne

Welcome to Malaysia, Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall!

By Stephanie | November 3, 2017

Malaysia celebrates its 60th year of independence in 2017 and this year also marks 60 years of Malaysia-Britain bilate­ral relations. To commemorate this special occasion, Britain’s Prince Charles and wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall arrived yesterday for an autumn tour to this side of the world to visit Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei and India – with Malaysia being their longest stop. This being the couple’s maiden visit to our country, Prince Charles and Camilla will be visiting not only Kuala Lumpur but also Perak, Sarawak and Penang during their one-week visit.

 

While they’re here, the royals can look forward to being served with a creative menu where each dish is a fusion of Malaysian and British elements. “For example, we are making a beef rendang Wellington and, of course, the English trifle. We are fusing Malaysian mango puree and dried pineapple crisps alongside English berries and other standards of trifle,” says British High Commisioner to Malaysia Vicki Treadell.

 

Meanwhile, one week is a very long time and it’d too cool if you actually get to meet Britain’s royals. When you do, you don’t want find yourself bumbling or acting all awkward! Here a few pointers on what to say or do when you find yourself face to face with the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall:

 

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1 . How do you address them?

For kings and queens, the correct term to address them is “Your Highness” but as for the other members of the royal British household, the right term would be “Your Royal Highness”.

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2. Do not touch them

It is a rule of thumb that we regular people don’t just reach out and grab them royals by the hand for a handshake. This is applicable especially when the Royals are in other countries. In other words, wait for them to extend their hand first, you wouldn’t want to be caught offending them.

 

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3. What should you talk about?

It is best to treat any member of the royal family as you would if you were meeting your significant other’s parents for the first time: avoid controversial topics, keep saucy jokes to yourself, smile and be pleasant. Letting them lead the conversation is the best and safer way. You don’t want to seem rude or accidentally make a fool out of yourself. By the same token, be gracious and sincere and not aloof when you are asked a question.

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4.  Should you do a curtsey?

Bowing or curtseying is technically not required; it is a seen as a sign of respect rather than simply shaking hands as if meeting any other lay person.  As it is a tradition to the British people, there is no harm in offering a curtsey either, it shows that you know who they are. Anyways, it’s not every day that you get to curtsey to a British royal!

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