Etiquette impacts each and every aspect of our lives. It is not just confined to how and when we reply to invitations, how the cutlery and glasses are arranged at a ceremonial dinner or how one dresses for Henley Royal Regatta. The rules of etiquette might often seem antiquated or sometimes appear to have no rational explanation but have still been around for generations and are just as valid to today’s society.
It has been said that manners resemble language and fashion in that they adapt themselves effortlessly to social change. Manners alter and adjust over time in order to cope with modern circumstances or changes in the social climate. The fact that the Duke of Cambridge feels as comfortable at a Rock Concert as he does performing his Royal duties is the testament to this. One can hardly imagine the same of the late Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.
Greetings and introductions exist to initiate interaction. From a casual wave to the most formal of presentations they bring people together in a positive way. They form the basis of interaction in all societies through these vary depending on culture and custom. Every greeting and introduction is a chance to show respect for others and to create a favorable impression of oneself. Making a conscious effort to say ‘hello’ is very important, even if you feel shy or are not quite sure of the required customs.