During her stay here, the Queen has visited many places in the United States. She's been to Jamestown, Washington DC and even the Kentucky Derby. There's been a whirlwind of activity around her trip - and websites devoted to the proper" behaviour" around royals.
Wheelie Catholic, however, has not seen any guidance on how to adapt these rules for a quadriplegic. So, although I most certainly am not holding myself out as the ultimate expert, may I present an adapted guide*:
1. There is no requirement for gloves to be worn. However, if a woman wishes to wear gloves, they need not be white but should not be taken off before the wearer is presented.
-This is easy. Quadriplegics already wear gloves so no wardrobe change is necessary.
2. The requirement of curtsying to the Queen.
-American quadriplegics are no longer required to curtsy to the Queen (whew)
3. • Whoever hosts the Queen is expected to walk beside the Royals and make introductions as required.
-It's okay you may roll beside the Royals and make introductions. Do watch their toes.
4. At least in Britain, when the Queen stops eating, you stop as well.
-Considering how slowly I am able to eat, I feel we need to adapt this rule. Simply ask the Queen to cut up the remainder of your food once she's done eating -that will speed up you finishing.
5. Do not shout out to the Queen. Do not mimic her accent.
-Oh please! We would not be so bold! And the only permissible shout out would be when she is standing near the accessible lift on the bus we take- make sure to warn her so she doesn't get conked on the head.
Also I would suggest:
6. Refrain from popping wheelies in the Queen's presence. This might cause her body guards to rush you.
7. Remember to find the Queen a place to sit. She's not as fortunate as you to have a chair with her. Poor able bodied thing.
8. On the matter of wearing a hat: I'd choose my Wheelchair Tennis USA cap personally . I can't imagine how I would push a wheelchair if I can't see around the fringe of one of those fru-fru big hats.
This is by no means a definitive guide. If you think of more etiquette rules, please feel free to add them in the comments.
*This post is meant entirely in humour. God bless the Queen.