Frequently asked questions
How should I address Members of the Royal Family?
On presentation to The Queen, the correct formal address is Your Majesty and subsequently Ma'am.
Other female members of the family who hold the title Her Royal Highness: Your Royal Highness·on the first occasion and then: Ma'am.
For male members of the Royal Family holding the title His Royal Highness: Your Royal Highness on the first occasion and: Sir thereafter.
Should I bow or curtsy when being introduced to a member of the Royal Family?
There are no obligatory codes of behaviour - just courtesy.
However, many people wish to observe the traditional forms of greeting.
For men this is a neck bow (from the head only) whilst women do a small curtsy. Other people prefer simply to shake hands in the usual way.
How do I address the Lord-Lieutenant?
Written: Mr James Puxley, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Berkshire
Salutation: Dear Lord-Lieutenant, or Dear Mr Puxley.
In a speech preamble: My Lord-Lieutenant.
Conversation (on formal occasions): Lord-Lieutenant or Mr Puxley.
Who is eligible for appointment as a Lord-Lieutenant?
Any person who is resident in the county is eligible for appointment as Lord-Lieutenant.
How much is the Lord-Lieutenant paid?
The Lord-Lieutenant is not paid.
How long does the Lord-Lieutenant's appointment last?
The appointment is not for a fixed period. A Lord-Lieutenant serves until his or her 75th Birthday.
How are Lord-Lieutenants appointed?
The Sovereign, on the recommendation of the Prime Minister, appoints Lord-Lieutenants. The opinions of a wide range of citizens in the county are taken before the Prime Minister advises The Queen on possible appointees.
How can I arrange a Royal Visit?
Contact the Lieutenancy Officer to discuss an invitation to the appropriate Royal Household.
Who is the current High Sheriff of Berkshire?
The High Sheriff of Berkshire 2016-17 is Mrs Victoria Fishburn.
Mrs Victoria Fishburn
High Sheriff of the Royal County of Berkshire
The Old Rectory
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