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Old 01-13-2018, 10:38 AM
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No, they are not obligated to bow/curtsy so it's not rude at all. Like what maria-olivia said, Belgium doesn't have a strong tradition of bow/curtsy, the government officials also don't bow/curtsy to their royals (I remember their PM doesn't bow to Phillipe and Mathilde, just handshakes). Every country has different customs .
I beg to differ, It is Ok for an American official not to bow to QMIi as the Danish courtiers and princes probably will not bow to the President of the United States. However, on a state visit where all Danes are bowing to the Belgian monarch, it is indeed rude for the Belgians not to bow to the Danish Queen. It is a matter of reciprocity, which is the Golden rule of foreign relations.
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Old 01-13-2018, 10:56 AM
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One former Prime Minister sat before the King in his Royal Office...
Times are changing Mbruno and the respect for Royals also.
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Old 01-13-2018, 11:26 AM
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One former Prime Minister sat before the King in his Royal Office...
Times are changing Mbruno and the respect for Royals also.
Well, Belgium is a " popular monarchy " after all, só it's not surprising that they should do things differently there !

I wonder though if it has been always like that or if that relaxation of protocol began wiith King Baudouin' and his brother,

I suspect Queen Mathikde wouldn't mind a little bit more protocol; she seems to enjoy being called 'Majesty' and maybe being curtsied to.
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Old 01-13-2018, 11:53 AM
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Personally, I would say only royals are expected to bow/curtsy. From ordinary people who have no title at all, it's up to their choices, no matter in what situation.
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Old 01-13-2018, 12:17 PM
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The Belgian Protocol relaxation started with King Albert II who was a modern and unexpected King.
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Old 01-13-2018, 12:44 PM
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reciprocity, which is the Golden rule of foreign relations.
Then I DREAD to imagine how Americans will be treated abroad in the next few years [but this is 'hors sujet']..
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Old 01-13-2018, 01:42 PM
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It is just gallantry. The bowing, the révérence. As long as it is voluntarily and never an obligation. It is like the "oldfashioned" handkiss. A very private choice to do so. Even by people who are really not "oldfashioned".

Dońa Letizia receives a handkiss from the Duke of Savoy


Dutch Prime Minister Rutte gives a handkiss 3

The Prince of Wales gives a handkiss
The Letizia one could have an amusing caption. Fleipe looks like he is monitoring the elderly gallant.

Do not understand the second picture. Looks like the lady is turning away while the gentleman is the midst of the kiss.

And Charles and Mary look like they are enjoying their bit of the old-fashioned gallantry.
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Old 01-13-2018, 05:56 PM
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That lady was the Speaker of the Second Chamber passing by while the Prime Minister was telephoning behind the coulisses. He saw the Speaker coming and -while continuing the telephone call- popped out of the coulisses and greeted her with a handkiss.
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I think Mrs. Chirac, or other heads of state and their spouses, shouldn't bow/curtsy to other monarchs......but after all it's all about individual choice.
W.Y.CII, why do you think that heads of state should not bow/curtsy to other monarchs?
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Old 01-13-2018, 08:17 PM
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W.Y.CII, why do you think that heads of state should not bow/curtsy to other monarchs?
Because they are all equal - all heads of state. Having one bow to another suggests one is more important than another and they are not.
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Old 01-13-2018, 09:31 PM
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Yes, that's exactly what I think, thanks VictoriaB.
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Old 01-13-2018, 11:30 PM
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That lady was the Speaker of the Second Chamber passing by while the Prime Minister was telephoning behind the coulisses. He saw the Speaker coming and -while continuing the telephone call- popped out of the coulisses and greeted her with a handkiss.
Amusing! Never pass up an opportunity, I guess.
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I think Mrs. Chirac, or other heads of state and their spouses, shouldn't bow/curtsy to other monarchs......but after all it's all about individual choice.
The former Premičre Dame, Madame Bernadette Chirac was just gallant. And.... her parents were a Chodron de Courcel (barons) and a Brondeau d'Urtičres (comtes), belonging to the French aristocracy.

That is not so unusual. Another still living Premičre Dame belongs to the nobility as well: Madame Anne-Aymone Giscard d'Estaing. Her parents were a Sauvage de Brantčs (marquises) and De Faucigny-Lucinge (princes).

Let us say: greeting the oldfashioned way is part of their milieu.
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Old 01-14-2018, 07:00 AM
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Indeed , but when the Noble Ladies of this Generation will pass away , it will be the end of courtsey.

The new Monarchs are modern people, married communors and I think for exemple that King Frederick and Queen Mary, Queen Victoria and Prince Daniel , King Charles and Queen Camilla will do it on a more simple and economic way.
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Old 01-14-2018, 08:12 AM
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The former Premičre Dame, Madame Bernadette Chirac was just gallant. And.... her parents were a Chodron de Courcel (barons) and a Brondeau d'Urtičres (comtes), belonging to the French aristocracy.

That is not so unusual. Another still living Premičre Dame belongs to the nobility as well: Madame Anne-Aymone Giscard d'Estaing. Her parents were a Sauvage de Brantčs (marquises) and De Faucigny-Lucinge (princes).

Let us say: greeting the oldfashioned way is part of their milieu.
I don't know they are aristocrats! Thanks for the information Duc_et_Pair.
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Old 01-14-2018, 10:13 AM
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I don't know they are aristocrats! Thanks for the information Duc_et_Pair.
Wasn't Giscard d'Estaing himself also from the French nobility ?
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Old 01-14-2018, 10:32 AM
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I don't know they are aristocrats! Thanks for the information Duc_et_Pair.
Even the former president Nicolas Sarkozy is an aristocrat. His father was Pál István Ernő Sárközy de Nagy-Bócsa. The Sárközys were elevated to the untitled nobility of Hungary on 10 September 1628. The family possessed an estate in the village of Alattyán, near Szolnok. Pál Sárközy’s father and grandfather held elective offices in the town of Szolnok. When the Red Army entered Hungary in 1944, the Sárközy family fled to Germany and later they settled in Paris. Their Hungarian estate was completely demolished. Nicolas Sarkozy was born in the French capital on the 28th of January 1955.
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That lady was the Speaker of the Second Chamber passing by while the Prime Minister was telephoning behind the coulisses. He saw the Speaker coming and -while continuing the telephone call- popped out of the coulisses and greeted her with a handkiss.
Doesn't grabbing a lady's hand and twisting her around destroy the gallantry of it all?
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The Old nobililties and new nobllities of the Presidents of France are out of topic.
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Old 01-14-2018, 12:02 PM
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Doesn't grabbing a lady's hand and twisting her around destroy the gallantry of it all?
Yes. Isn't it an odd picture? Strange impression conveyed: talking on the phone while doing so, no less. Was it that important to make a political moment? Looks a bit compulsive. Then, too, they both could have been laughing. Might have been an in-joke. We'll never know.
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