Prince Charles: Royal HORRIFIED when this happened on US royal visit (Image: Getty Images)
Prince Charles is next in line to the throne as Queen Elizabeth II’s son and boasts a number of royal titles. He is most commonly The Prince of Wales but he is also The Duke of Cornwall when visiting the South West of England, and The Duke of Rothesay when he is in Scotland. Those who live abroad can often get confused about what to call the Prince, as one particularly mortifying experience proved. When Charles was in the USA, someone made the grave error of calling him the wrong name.
Prince Charles: Royal HORRIFIED when this happened on US royal visit
According to royal expert Brian Hoey’s book ‘Not in Front of the Corgis,’ Charles was not happy about the incident.
“On a visit to the United States, a country he adores, the Prince of Wales was addressed by a well-meaning American: ‘Hi Prince,’” Hoey wrote.
“His Royal Highness was not amused and his Private Secretary was instructed to inform future hosts that if fellow guests could not manage his full title, he would prefer a plain ‘Charles.’ Anything but ‘Hi Prince.’”
According to the royal website: “There are no obligatory codes of behaviour when meeting The Queen or a member of the Royal Family, but many people wish to observe the traditional forms.”
It adds: “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,' pronounced with a short 'a,' as in 'jam'.
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