I find curtsying so humiliating. I don't know why it's still practiced in the 21st century.
This, a thousand times this.
I agree i agree i agree
A bow of the head like men do would suffice. I think some monarchies have done away with them. The Netherlands?
No one is forced to curtsey to the Queen so they do it because they want to show respect to her and her position. Nothing more and nothing less really.
My understanding is that curtseying (for women) and head bowing (for men) is optional for everyone - except the family (i.e. all house of Windsor members), they all must curtsey/ bow the head in accordance with protocol/ rules, esp towards Liz. Also all foreign royals visiting each other. That's what I read, can't say how true it is.