How to Treat the Queen

The perfect storm of modernity’s obsession with celebrity, rejection of propriety, and nagging sense that there’s something wrong with both blew across the Atlantic Ocean on a British Airways chartered jet.

The visit of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has prompted a surge of etiquette advice.

The Office of the Governor of Virginia notes that Americans are not required to bow to the Queen.


So how should one treat the Queen?

With the same courtesy and respect with which one should treat any 81-year-old lady visiting from afar.

[S]how no partiality as you adhere to the faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ. For if a man with gold rings on his fingers and in fine clothes comes into your assembly, and a poor person in shabby clothes also comes in, and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say, “Sit here, please,” while you say to the poor one, “Stand there,” or “Sit at my feet,” have you not made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil designs? Listen, my beloved brothers. Did not God choose those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom that he promised to those who love him? But you dishonored the poor person. Are not the rich oppressing you? And do they themselves not haul you off to court? Is it not they who blaspheme the noble name that was invoked over you? However, if you fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. But if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whoever keeps the whole law, but falls short in one particular, has become guilty in respect to all of it. For he who said, “You shall not commit adultery,” also said, “You shall not kill.” Even if you do not commit adultery but kill, you have become a transgressor of the law. So speak and so act as people who will be judged by the law of freedom.
(James 2:1-12)

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1 thought on “How to Treat the Queen

  1. Oh, Leslie – how true. We should all treat each and every person as a human being, created in the image of God, and well deserving of our respect and courtesy.

    After all, IIRC, her introductions start “…by the grace of God Queen of England…”

    We all are created and live by the grace of God, and we should act like it! 😉

    — Kat

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