Prince William and Kate are coming to Canada at the end of the month with their children. It’s going to be one of those official royal visits with all the pomp and circumstance. If you are planning on going to B.C. and Yukon to see the royal family you are not going to be able to get a selfie with them. The Queen is not a big fan of them but there’s no official rule against it, they just take too much time.
“To ensure the Duke and Duchess have the opportunity to meet with as many Canadians as possible, it is not possible to take selfies with them,” said the Department of Canadian Heritage in a statement.
Those invited to meet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge directly also won’t be allowed “personal photographs,” according to the statement. But if a royal wanders into your selfie, that’s another matter. Beyond the selfie rules, the heritage department has issued guidelines for people meeting the royal family — covering everything from curtseys and toasts to hats and gloves. If you meet Will or Kate, don’t call them Will or Kate, but “Your Royal Highness” on first reference. Sir and Ma’am is fine as the conversation continues. Those who wish can bow and curtsey or shake hands if the opportunity presents itself and a royal offers their hand.
I don’t plan on going and that’s probably a good thing. I would end up doing something wrong like calling the Prince “Willy” asking him “how it’s hanging” and then go in for a fist pump.