Q: Do Americans bow or curtsey when meeting British royalty? For example, would an American girl curtsey when presented to the Queen? My husband says that Americans don’t bow or curtsey because we have no sovereign and are not subjects of the British crown. I say you follow the local customs when in a different country. Who is right?
A: You are right. You show respect for the title and position by acknowledging it as others do. Curtseying to the Queen of England doesn’t indicate sovereignty but rather respect.