Queen Elizabeth II has met hundreds of thousand, if not millions of people in her life time in the 65 years she has occupied the throne. While she is familiar with standard protocol, it's important that anyone meeting Her Majesty is as well.
While there is no obligatory code of behavior when meeting the Queen or another member of the Royal Family, there are just certain things that should never be done in the Queen's presence.
Keep Your Hands Off
Royal protocol says anyone meeting Queen Elizabeth II for the first time, should wait for her to extend her hand first. Even after the initial introduction, contact should be kept to a minimum. That means, hugs, kisses and even a simple kind-hearted arm of support as offered by a Canadian official is off-limits.
“I'm certainly conscious of the protocol,” Canadian Governor General David Johnston said. “I was just anxious to be sure there was no stumbling on the steps.”
You Shouldn't Be Sitting
When the Queen enters the room, everyone must stand to greet her. You are only permitted to sit once she takes a seat herself, it's clearly only the polite thing to do.
Don't Just Stand There
As a citizen of the United States, you can simply shake hands with the Queen as a greeting. In Great Britain, men and women must bow or curtsy when meeting Her Majesty. When American actress Angelina Jolie met the Queen she did a little of all 3, because it's always better to be safe than sorry.
Dress to Impress
Not that I could see someone showing up to meet the Queen in torn jeans and flip-flops, but there is an appropriate way to dress, so it's important to follow it!
Do Not Arrive Empty Handed
It's customary to bring a gift that is appropriate for the occasion. If the Queen visits your hometown, it's common to give her something that is significant to that town and indicative of your culture.