One of the most closely-observed encounters at yesterday’s Royal opening of 5th National Assembly of Wales was the first meeting between the Queen and Plaid Cymru Leader Leanne Wood – former Assembly Member for South Wales Central (which includes Penarth).
It so happened that Wood (44) , was the first in a line of AMs to meet the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh as they entered the Assembly building.
She did not curtsey and made only the briefest inclination of her head as she shook hands with the 90-year-old monarch.
In December 2004 Leanne Wood was thrown out of the Assembly Chamber during a debate when she repeatedly – and disparagingly – referred to the Queen as “Mrs Windsor”.
The etiquette “bible” Debretts dictates that, when meeting the Queen, men should bow (from the neck not the waist) and women should curtsey.
However it has been necessary for Wood to swear allegiance to the monarch in order to take her seat and be paid her salary.