Queen Elizabeth has demoted Princess Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge. Kate now has to curtsey to the “blood princesses” and to her husband.
Queen Elizabeth laid down some new rules for the Royal household. The Queen updated the Order of Precedence of the Royal Household: “The new rules of Court make it clear that the former Kate Middleton, when she is not accompanied by Prince William, must curtsey to the ‘blood princesses’, the Princess Royal, Princess Alexandra, and the daughters of the Duke of York, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.”
Kate was also ordered by Queen Elizabeth to curtsey to her husband, Prince William, ever time she walks into a room that he is in. However, if they walk in together or if she is there first, she does not have to curtsey to her husband.
And finally, Queen Elizabeth ordered Kate to perform a double-curtsey every time she is in front of the Queen.
Royal insiders say that Kate is not happy with the new rules. ”Why should she curtsey to the Beatrice? It’s absurd,” said a friend close to Pippa Middleton.
Pippa, by the way, was ordered to curtsey to her sister every time she is in a royal residence.
President Obama chimed in on the curtsey news. ”Hey, if I’m in England, I’ll curtsey for the Queen myself. Why not?” He reportedly said.
“Why retain this fussy-sounding practice, with its great potential for embarrassment? Because it’s thought our modern, constitutional monarchy might wither away, or collapse into anarchy, if there was no bowing, curtseying and Order of Precedence,” wrote Peter McKay in The Daily Mail.”
Back in 2008, Zara Phillips (now Tindall) revealed she was always careful to curtsey to her grandmother even in private. And the daughter of Princess Anne complained that the art of the curtsey had disappeared: “There aren’t many people who know how it’s done. I know because I have grown up with it,” she said, reported The Telegraph.
Prince William didn’t know how to curtsey, so Kate had to show him: