So it seems all is not roses in the House of Windsor. While The Queen has been the belle of Britain’s heart lately, we’ve been given a rare glimpse of her steelier side as Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, who seems to have felt her ire. If you thought you had it bad with the mother-in-law, think again.
It seems they have fallen out over the simple issue of who is to curtsy to who. The entry of a new member to the most traditional of families has led to a very complicated overhaul of intra-family rules of engagement. The Daily Telegraph explains:
The new rules of Court make it clear that the former Kate Middleton, when she is not accompanied by Prince William, must curtsy to the “blood princesses”, the Princess Royal, Princess Alexandra, and the daughters of the Duke of York, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.
When William is with her, Kate does not need to bend the knee to either of them, but she must curtsy to the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.
Despite being married to the Queen’s son, the Countess of Wessex will, however, have to curtsy to Kate, even when William is not present.
Well, we warned you: etiquette is a deadly important issue amongst the Royalty. We feel a mini-guide to curtseying coming on, just in case you bump into a regal matriarch!
And is it just us, our does “blood princesses” have something of an ominous ring to it! Wouldn’t want to bump into them late at night in Hell’s Kitchen…