We are royalty. We are part of Jesus’ royal family. We share in his royal priesthood and will reign with him. Peter the Pope even says it.
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, that you may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. (1 Peter 2:9)
Matthew 19 says that the twelve Apostles will sit on twelve thrones in judgment of the tribes.
Jesus said to them, "Truly, I say to you, in the new world, when the Son of man shall sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. (Matthew 19:28)
Only royalty sits on thrones.
*if we endure, we shall also reign with him;
if we deny him, he also will deny us;
(1 Timothy 2:12)
and hast made them a kingdom and priests to our God,
and they shall reign on earth."
They came to life, and reigned with Christ a thousand years. (Revelation 20:4)
Jesus’ greeting could very well have been a royal greeting. It is clear from scripture that we are to be royalty and share in Christ’s reign. We have already begun to share in that promise here on earth through the ministry of the Church and her sacraments.
Are we not incensed during the major feast days at Mass? Incense was always reserved for royalty. Mass is where heaven meets earth, where the royal priesthood realized fully in heaven meets the royal priesthood of baptized Christians here on earth and together they worship God. That is why we are incensed. We are royalty. We entered the royal family of God through our baptism.
In my mind it definitely is a royal greeting, and an exhortation to live as befitting royalty. We should all be very proud of our membership in the family of Christ the King and live with the dignity and confidence of someone who is a member of His royal family.