Greeting a member of the Royal Family
On presentation to The Prince, he is formally addressed as “Your Royal Highness” in the first instance and thereafter as “Sir”. On presentation to another member of the Royal Family who is a Royal Highness, they are addressed as “Your Royal Highness” in the first instance and thereafter as “Sir” or “Ma’am”. Members who are addressed as simply Highness are addressed first as “Your Highness” and thereafter as “sir” or “Ma’am”. The Sovereign is always styled “His Royal Highness” as is his consort and children. Grandchildren (and other princes and princess of the royal house) of the Sovereign not children of the heir are styled Highness.
Presently, The Prince, Princess Marie, and Princess Sheilla are styled as “Royal Highness” while Princess Gloria is “Highness”. The Count Ericksen is styled as “His Grace” because he is a Count of the realm. Custom dictates that you do not present your hand to be shaken unless the member of the Royal Family presents their hand first, after which a brief gentle grasp of the hand may happen. Gentlemen are welcome to present a bow of the head while ladies may curtsy.
Writing to a member of the Royal Family
When writing to a member of the Royal Family, it is similar to when you greet them. You should never start your letter with “Dear…” instead you should use their royal style “Your Royal Highness” or “Your Highness”. In the letter you should not refer to them as “Your” but rather “Your Royal Highness” or “Your Highness”. For example: “I would like to thank you for your visit to our school…” rather, “I would like to thank Your Highness for visiting our school…”. You can end your letter simply with “Sincerely” or use the more formal “I have the honor to remain, Sir, Your (Royal) Highness’s most humble and obedient subject”. Either or any version of this is welcome to be used. Unless you personally know the Prince or a member of the Royal Family, all letters should be sent through their private secretary with a letter asking the letter for it to be presented to them.
Presenting a member of the Royal Family with a gift
Sometimes presenting a member of the Royal Family with a gift happens, for example flowers or letters. In this case it is common for the person to present the member of the royal family with the gift in both hands and then bow the head (gentlemen) or curtsy (ladies). Offense should not be taken if the member of the Royal Family hands the gift off to another person for safe keeping.
The Prince has commanded that smoking be banned in his residences and the Principality of Kaharagia proper, it is therefore requested that no one smoke in his presence out of politeness.
Protocol is not mandatory or written in stone, rather it is advice. Nor will any member of the Royal Family feel offended if you make a mistake or say the wrong style of address. Questions or clarification about protocol may be addressed to His Royal Highness’s Private Secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org or (313) 307-6736.