Kate Middleton’s first lesson is learning when to curtsey to whom

May 2nd, 2011 - 1:47 pm ICT by ANI  

London, May 2 (ANI): Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, will be learning her first Royal lesson of when to curtsey and to whom.

In the state rooms of Buckingham Palace after the wedding, female servants began to curtsey and grizzled retainers in their 100-year-old livery bowed their heads low.

“At first she’ll be embarrassed by all this courtly attention from people she barely knows,” the Daily Mail quoted one former courtier as saying.

“But she’ll soon come to realise that it’s not what she wants, but what everybody else wants that matters when it comes to people showing their respect,” the courtier said.

But even Kate will have to do a little bowing herself, like when the Queen comes into the room. The new Royal will have to curtsey to her.

And if Camilla appears and is with Charles, then Kate should also curtsey to her. But if Charles is absent but William is present, then Kate outranks Camilla, who should - in theory - curtsey to Kate.

This is because William outranks Camilla in terms of the lineage, which means that effectively so does his wife while he is present.

If neither William nor Charles is there, then Kate curtseys to Camilla because - woman-to-woman - Camilla is her senior in the Firm.

In the case of Princess Anne, born a princess, and Princess Alexandra (the Queen’s cousin and granddaughter of George V), both these women have royal blood in their veins and therefore are more important than Kate - unless William happens to be around, in which case she’s more important than them.

As for Prince Andrew’s daughters, Beatrice and Eugenie, they out-rank Kate - but again not when William’s in the room. (ANI)

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