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Re: 'Kissing Hands'
But the Monarch doesn't kiss the PM's hand, right? You posted a link to an article saying: "The King who kissed hands on the French Riviera"
To kiss hands is a constitutional term used here to refer to the formal installation of Crown-appointed British government ministers to their office. In the past, Government Ministers actually kissed the hands of the Sovereign as a symbol of personal fealty and loyalty, that fealty and loyalty being a requirement to serve in the Monarch's government. Nowadays, they are not expected physically to kiss the hands of the Sovereign before assuming the role. Simply being received by the Queen is taken to validate the selection, with this meeting being described in the Court Circular as "kissing hands". Her Majesty does not kiss anyones hand
What a relief!