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Meghan Markle Has A Long List Of Princesses To Curtsy To, Including Princess Kate

Date January 19, 2018 11:51

Meeting a member of the Royal Family is a privilege that only so many people are granted. It is even rarer having the opportunity to meet Queen Elizabeth II in person. Most people only catch a glimpse of her in public gatherings or on the news.

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If by chance you are lucky enough to see any of the royals face to face, there are some rules to take note of when in their presence. These rules are very particular, especially those that concern appearing before the Queen.

First, be early for your meeting. Keeping the Queen waiting is considered insulting. Second, men are required to greet the Queen with a curt nod. Women are expected to curtsy, with back straight and one knee aimed at the ground. The Queen may offer you a handshake and only then are you permitted to shake hands with Her Majesty.

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Third, etiquette requires that the Queen takes the lead. So, you do not speak to her unless she speaks to you first. Also, you wait 'till she sits, or starts to eat before you do if invited to a meal.

And fourth, you are not allowed to take personal photographs with the Queen. So absolutely no selfies. The British Monarchy website has a full list of rules but makes an additional note: "There are no obligatory codes of behavior when meeting the Queen or a member of the Royal Family."

These are more courtesies that are ingrained in the British tradition and have been accepted by the people over the centuries as the norm.

Meghan will have to curtsy.

On joining the Royal Family, Meghan Markle will be integrated into the norms and customs of royalty. She will be expected to learn the traditions of the Royal house, in much the same manner as the rest of the royals did growing up.

This integration includes learning Royal etiquette, with proper greeting being a big part. Although Queen Elizabeth II herself has mentioned that she is not particular about being greeted in public, she maintains that it is an established tradition and a sign of respect.

In the past, raking in the Royal family was a bit different. Until lately, female members of the family were ranked lower than the males. With the new policy on “blood princesses”, Meghan will have to curtsy to some members of the Royal family under different conditions.

A “blood princess” is a legitimate daughter of the sovereign, or a daughter bearing the blood of a sovereign. So, Meghan will have to curtsy to Princesses Anne, Beatrice, Eugenie, Alexandra, and even 3-year-old Charlotte, daughter of Prince William.

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Still, she is not obligated to curtsy to the wife of a Prince if the Prince is not around. This is because a Royal decree states that the status of a woman is "validated by her royal husband." These rules may seem a tad bit confusing but surely, Meghan will be shown the ropes.

She fumbled a bit when greeting the Queen.

On Christmas day, in December of 2017, Meghan Markle seemed a bit flustered when greeting the Queen outside Sandringham’s church. Cameras caught her wobbling a bit as she curtsied. Her wobble was made even more glaring by the contrasting steadiness shown by Princess Kate, who despite being pregnant, managed to pull off a pretty perfect curtsy.

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No crime committed there though. It may take some practice but we are sure that with time, Meghan will get pretty comfortable in her new Royal shoes.

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