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    The proper way to address a prince

    Discussion in 'Research' started by Panda_John, Nov 5, 2013.

    Good morning everyone, I've been doing a little research on this but I was hoping to get some feed back. What would be the proper way to address a prince? Would "my Lord" work or do they require "your Highness"? Also, would this be different for someone who is a citizen of the country versus someone who was visiting or was a diplomat? Thank you in advanced for your suggestions!
     
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    If the prince is not a king or queen (kings and queens are also technically princes) then your grace. Your highness or your majesty is usually (though probably not exclusively) used for anointed kings and queens. Not my lord or m'lord. That term signifies a lower echelon.
     
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    That's great, thanks very much for the info!
     
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    You are welcome, little sleeping chibi Cthulhu. ;)
     
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    according to british protocol, princes/princesses and their spouses are addressed as 'your royal highness'...
     
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    Really? Ok. My bad. :oops: I assumed those reserved for the very pinnacle. And also, admittedly, from watching too many period movies. :p I'm a sucker for castles and 15th century dress. ;)
     
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    In the Netherlands the king and queen are addressed as 'majesty' or something similar, other members of the royal family are also addressed as 'your royal highness'.

    If I ever get to meet them face to face I will probably forget about this entirely though, because I'm not exactly a fan of the royal family :p
     
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    But only the first time you address them. Afterwards, you simply address them as "sir" for a man, and "ma'am" for a woman.

    And that's ma'am as in ham, not ma'am as in psalm!
     
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    "And that's ma'am as in ham, not ma'am as in psalm! "

    only if you're an american... if you're british, it's the 'psalm' version...
     
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    is anyone else finding the reply box messed up today?... for me, it turns yellowish when i start to type and the text options are missing... same thing even when i hit 'more options'... and i haven't changed my settings...
     
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    Thanks very much everyone. I really find the different countries protocol compared to each other. I'm writing a piece now where a royal from a some what more relaxed nation is finding it odd how formal a visiting military dignitary is acting who is from a very formal culture is regarding him.
     
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    Where I come from, the protocol is to to walk up to him, look at him in the eyes and say "You what?" with a hint of disgust on the T as it slips off your tongue. Then, all that's left to finish the introduction, is to spit on his shoes and do the macarena whilst removing items of clothing.
     
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    Well I've been called all kinds of things, some proper, and some not so proper.
     
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    Or just Mr. Nelson.

    Or Your Princeness. Your Princitude. Your Princeularity. Or just "Hey! Dude!"
     
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    If he's really fat, you could call him a Principality.
     
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    Your Incorporated Corpulence?
     
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    Who do you think you are, William Banting?
     
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    I did wonder about this, many moons ago, when I discovered I'd nearly (missed him by about 5 hours) met Prince Charles face to face in the middle of a rope bridge in Glen Nevis.

    You think I'm leaping into the water, so YOU can cross? Or backing up like a tightrope walker? Oh, big mistake, sir. You're not MY royal highness, are you, said she, in her best Yank accent, before bouncing up and down on the single rope...
     
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    it's your highness at first then sir after that
     
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    Wow, that's pretty damn cool. I believe I heard Prince William is now a Duke of Cambridge, and his son is now the Prince of Wales.
     
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    Prince Charles is still the Prince of Wales.

    Officially the Royals don't have surnames so when they need to write one they usually go with their parents title. So in school Harry and William were Harry Wales and William Wales because from birth they were Prince Harry and William of Wales but neither are the Prince of Wales. Like how Prince Andrew is the Duke of York and his Daughters are Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugienie of York.

    With William and Kate being the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Prince George and Princess Charlotte are George and Charlotte of Cambridge.

    When the Queen dies and Charles becomes King he will make William and Katherine the Prince and Princess of Wales. When William is king he will make George the Prince of Wales and at some point Charlotte will probably become the princess Royal once Anne dies.
     
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    "Your Royal Highness", then "Sir".

    Kings and Queens are "Your Majesty".

    Annoyingly, Debrett's used to have a page dedicated to the traditional/expected forms of address for all royal and noble titles, but they appear to have taken it down, replacing it with this much less useful version.

    The appropriate section (on verbal address with the Queen):

    Verbal Address

    Use ‘Your Majesty’ for the first time and subsequently ‘Ma’am’. This should always rhyme with ‘lamb’. Pronunciation to rhyme with ‘palm’ has not been correct for some generations.

    In conversation, refer to ‘Her Majesty’ or ‘The Queen’, as appropriate. ‘Your Majesty’ should be substituted for ‘you’. References to other members of the Royal Family are made to ‘His (or Her) Royal Highness’ or the appropriate title, such as the Duke of Edinburgh or the Princess Royal.
     
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    "Come, Prince! Here, Princy Princy Prince! Good boy!"
     
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    Majesty
    Highness
    Not a King, but close.
    Royal + Majesty or Highness

    Screw it: http://sandradodd.com/ideas/etiquette4.html
     

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