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I’m Glad I’m Not the Queen: A Riddle

When you go to meet the Queen of England, you’ll be told that there is a single rule you must follow, a single thing you can’t do if the Queen decides to strike up a conversation with you. 

What is the single most important thing you shouldn’t do when you meet the Queen?

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12 thoughts on “I’m Glad I’m Not the Queen: A Riddle

  1. Speak before spoken to? Sit before she sits? Offer to shake hands before she does? Call her Liz-Dog?

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  2. Isn’t there a no-touching rule? I think I read that somewhere, but I’m not sure.

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  3. Stringer bell on said:

    Not subject her to a firing squad?

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  4. My first thought was something like “grab her boobs and yell ‘honk! honk!” but I think that actually is allowed under certain conditions.

    My guess is ask her questions, you’re allowed to answer but not ask.

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    • And we have a winner!!!

      Yes, you can’t ask the Queen any questions.

      Somebody is ready for a visit to the Buckingham palace.

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      • Dreidel on said:

        “Yes, you can’t ask the Queen any questions.”

        Well, since the Queen has absoluely no policy-making authority, and thus is an expensive anachromism (like all of the Royal Family) who should have been put on the public dole decades ago, this rule makes sense.

        I’m not a big fan of the dole for public parasites, but I’d make at least a temporary exception for the Royal family– until Elizabeth croaks, at least. The rest look young enough to earn their keep.

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      • “Somebody is ready for a visit to the Buckingham palace.”

        Honk! Honk!

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  5. “I’m Glad I’m Not the Queen”

    related (with lyrical goodness)

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