No Curtsey for Prince William and Duchess Catherine
Prince William and Duchess Catherine don’t expect people to curtsey for them.
According to Avenue magazine’s Daisy Prince, she was told when she met the royal couple at the A Taste of Norfolk event in East Anglia, England last month that women do not have to curtsey the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
She told New York Post’s Page Six Column: “When meeting TRH [Their Royal Highnesses], there is no need for ladies to curtsy. “You may simply nod your head slightly (also known as bowing from the neck) or just shake hands.”
However, when you first speak with either of them you have to refer to them as ‘Your Royal Highness’ and after that a simple ‘Sir’ or ‘Ma’am’ is sufficient.
Daisy added: “When you address TRH, you should address them in the first instance as ‘Your Royal Highness,’ and thereafter as ‘Sir’ or ‘Ma’am’, pronounced to rhyme with ‘ham’. ”
And curtseying Queen Elizabeth is also a rarity even for the duchess when in public.
The 34-year-old royal was seen greeting the monarch respectfully as they arrived at a service at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham earlier this year, but it was unusual to see the gesture as it usually happens in private.
Joe Little, the editor of Majesty magazine, said at the time: “It is rare, but it indicates that this was the first time that the Duchess saw the Queen.
“It would normally happen in private. Although they came from Sandringham House, they obviously hadn’t seen each other before Kate and the Middletons and their friends set out on foot.
“It’s unusual to see it in public but not unique. That would have been the first communication between them on that day.”