According to the new Windsor protocol, this includes Kate curtseying to the Princess Royal, Princess Alexandra, and the daughters of the Duke of York, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie. Kate does not need to bend the knee to Beatrice and Eugenie when she is with William, however. But confusingly enough, she still must curtsey to the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, The Telegraph reports.
The Queen recently circulated around the royal household an updated copy of the Order of Precedence, which is an official paper listing, in descending order, the rankings of the different members in the Royal family.
The document clarified Kate’s status: As a former commoner, she must show reverence by curtseying to royal-borns in public and private when her husband, Prince William, is not present. The Countess of Wessex, the wife of Prince Edward, must in turn curtsey to Kate.
And just when you thought we already have ‘modern’ royals in the population, along comes the order for curtseying. Richard Kay of the Daily Mail suggested that “perhaps they should do away with it entirely and make do with the handshake and kiss that satisfies the rest of the population.” What do you think of his suggestion?