Ok, most of us know some Asian countries use bowing as a form of greeting. However, when it comes to bowing to a member of the royal family, it's not something I'd be keen to do. Granted I'm not exactly a royalist! To me, it has subservient undertones in this context (as does the curtsy for women) and I don't like it. The only time I've been face to face with a member of the royal family was years ago when Charles visited the college I was attending. I was but a few feet from him. Whilst it was on one level quite exciting to see him, I equate that to seeing a famous celebrity. I looked at him and thought of all the important/famous people he'd interacted with over the years, and of course his marriage to the rather attractive Diana! But I felt no urge to bow my head. Not sure if it broke protocol but my mate thrust his hand out for a hand shake, on which Charles obliged. Would you be happy enough to bow if meeting a royal, or reluctant?