Kate Middleton and Prince William’s Canada tour: Canada sets etiquette rules for meeting the royals


The Department of Canadian Heritage advises people not to take selfies during the official visit.

“Turning your back to the Duke and Duchess [of Cambridge] and taking a selfie is discouraged if at all possible,” said Jennifer Gehmair, of the Yukon government’s tourism department.

“I know it’s fun to do, but they much would rather see your face!”

The government website notes that people should address the Duke and Duchess as ‘Your Royal Highness’ and ‘Sir/Ma’am’ if the conversation continues, not William or Kate.

There is no requirement to bow or curtsy to the royals but if one wishes to do so, men should subtly nod their head, while women should put the right foot behind the left heel, and slightly bend their knees.

The etiquette guide also notes that “it is quite appropriate to shake hands if the opportunity presents itself and a Member of the Royal Family offers to do so.”

As for dress code, the guidelines mention that “members of the Royal Family do not wish anyone to be put to unnecessary expense by buying special clothes, hats or gloves. But one should not wear a hat to functions after 6.30pm and if you chose to wear gloves they should not be taken off before the wearer is presented to the guests.”

William, Kate and their two children, George and charlotte, arrived in Canada for their official tour on Saturday, September 24.