One thing that Ed had successfully imparted to Alex, outside of piloting skills, was to be early. Particularly when military or various government types were involved. If five minutes early was their ‘on time,’ show up ten before that.
So, Alex had arrived a solid twenty minutes early to meet the Empress, all decked out in the fanciest human-style clothing he could get. His tailor - no getting used to that - had even gone so far as to produce a full three piece suit, eetaleeahn cut with a pretty good approximation of a tie. That was too much for him, though. He’d skipped the tie, vest and jacket entirely.