Yes, they’re just little children, but members of the Royal Family have their own timeline for ‘growing up.’ And if you’re the future King like Prince George, all eyes will be on you your entire life to make sure you are worthy of the role. And that includes how well you conform to royal rules, protocol, and etiquette.
Up to now, Prince George and Princess Charlotte have been exempt from the requirement of bowing or curtseying to the Queen, but the day is fast approaching when the same set of rules and regulations will be in full effect for the young royals.
Royal-watchers are accustomed to seeing Prince William, Prince Harry and their wives Kate and Meghan - and all the other Royals - curtsey to the Queen, but if you are really observant, you also noticed that the littlest Royals never do. And there’s a very good reason for that.
Historian Marlene Eilers Koenig lays it all out for us. “Royal children start the tradition from a young age.” She told HELLO!: "Certainly by age five. The only person they will be curtsy or bow to is the sovereign. A royal highness does not curtsy to another royal highness. Yes, there are articles that state this, but it is not true."
So, if what Ms. Koenig says is true, then we can expect to see an adorable ‘mini-bow’ out of little Prince George the next time he and his great-grandmother appear in public together.
That’s not to say that the little Royals haven’t had plenty of training in the matter. And they have even given the act a try on occasion, and by the ripe old age of seven, they have it all down pat.
“Royal children have always shown respect to their elders. One particularly sweet moment that was caught on camera was when Princess Eugenie, then seven, curtsied to the Queen Mother at Scrabster Harbour after disembarking from the Royal Yacht Britannia.
“Eugenie dipped into a little curtsy as she greeted her great-grandmother, while her older sister Princess Beatrice and their dad Prince Andrew watched from behind.” Precious!!
“Prince George just celebrated his fifth birthday last week, and while royal watchers have not witnessed him bow in public, it's likely that the future King has done so in private when seeing his great-grandmother.
Then there’s Princess Charlotte, just three years old, who has proven that she does things in her own way and in her own time, so it’s no surprise that she has already given the public curtsey a crack. It’s probable that she has already started practicing “how to curtsy for her Gan-Gan.”
And just last summer, when the Cambridge Family was leaving Poland after a stop on their royal tour, “Charlotte gave a mini curtsy to the diplomats who had gathered to bid them farewell. The little girl adorably bobbed into a sweet curtsy after she was prompted by her mum Kate.”
It's only a matter of time before we get to see the little man Prince George perform that perfect bow, and it will be so fun to see if the Queen is able to keep a straight face as she gazes down on the adorable form of her great-grandson. And it should be happening very, very soon!
We can hardly wait!!
To see the time Prince George left Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau hangin,’ watch the video, below.