Camilla Parker-Bowles is in the news for being the second member of the British royal family this week to experience a breach of “royal protocol.” Express U.K. writes that Prince Charles’ wife visited the Jubilee Center in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, on Tuesday when the “breach” happened.
The Duchess of Cornwall joined those at the center for a holiday meal. When she met Eddie Mansfield, 89, he made a forward gesture by kissing her hand before enthusiastically engaging in conversation with her. Camilla laughed it off and carried on as though nothing happened.
Mansfield reflects on the possible breach in royal protocol when he admits kissing the duchess’ hand might have been out of line.
“It might have been a bit cheeky.”
The rest of the Camilla’s visit went well without any drama. She presented a Christmas cake to members of the over-60s lunch club.
Whenever a gentleman kisses a lady’s hand, it’s typically seen as a charming quality but, in this instance, it’s bad etiquette to touch a member of the royal family. As the Inquisitr previously reported, LeBron James was seen in a negative light after he wrapped his arm around Kate Middleton following a basketball game Monday night.
Independent says in its report that “royal protocol prohibits anyone from touching or kissing a member of the family member.” According to the Official Website of the British Monarchy, there aren’t any strict rules when meeting a royal family member.
“There are no obligatory codes of behavior when meeting The Queen or a member of the Royal Family, but many people wish to observe the traditional forms.”
“For men this is a neck bow (from the head only) whilst women do a small curtsy. Other people prefer simply to shake hands in the usual way.”
“On presentation to The Queen, the correct formal address is ‘Your Majesty’ and subsequently ‘Ma’am’.”
“For male members of the Royal Family the same rules apply, with the title used in the first instance being ‘Your Royal Highness’ and subsequently ‘Sir’.”
“For other female members of the Royal Family the first address is conventionally ‘Your Royal Highness’ followed by ‘Ma’am’ in later conversation.”
Camilla Parker-Bowles, like Duchess Kate, went along politely with the controversial moments that faced them this week. Both women smiled and went on with things. High-profile royals are well-coached in how to deal with awkward situations that will inevitably arise.
[Image via Express U.K.]