Royal Family

Royal Visits

to Devon

These notes are intended to assist those who are arranging a Royal Visit or considering extending an invitation to a member of the Royal Family.

Each Royal Visit has unique characteristics and not all aspects of the advice which follows will be applicable in full to every visit.

Nonetheless, the general framework for organising Royal Visits should be followed in all cases.

Click here for guidance on Royal visits to Devon.

Royal etiquette and protocol

Contacting Members of The Royal Family

Due to the sheer number of people who wish to contact the Royal Family, correspondence is only possible via letter. Members of the Royal Family cannot be contacted directly via email or telephone.

There is no strict protocol about how a letter should be written, though some people wish to observe the traditional forms.

In which case, people may write to The Queen with the formal opening ‘Madam’ and close the letter with the form ‘I have the honour to be, Madam, Your Majesty’s humble and obedient servant’.

For other members of the Royal Family the formal opening is ‘Sir’ or ‘Madam’. Other people prefer to open their letter with ‘Your Majesty’ or ‘Your Royal Highness’ and end it with ‘Yours sincerely’.

Royal etiquette and protocol

How should I address Members of the Royal Family?

For The Queen: ‘Your Majesty’ on the first occasion, and Ma’am’ thereafter. Other female members of The Royal 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 who hold the title His Royal Highness: ‘Your Royal Highness’ on the first occasion and ‘Sir’ thereafter.

For contact details of The Royal Family please view their website.