Royal family members are not immune to rules. In fact, they have some of the most rigorous rules to follow of all.
Their rich heritage, practices, and protocols have clearly stood the test of time and are part of the reasons why the family runs so smoothly and efficiently to this day.
It’s an understood practice that upon greeting or leaving the Queen, one must curtsy or bow. In fact, William, Kate, Harry, and Meghan are all very good at following this rule. This is not only just tradition, but it’s a sign of great respect.
They are older and understand the ways of the family quite well. It’s also something that is incorporated into routines at a young age.
This causes many to ask one question: When will George and Charlotte be expected to bow to their great-grandmother?
Well, the answer is quite simple.
According to a royal historian, Marlene Eilers Koenig, there is a certain age in which it is expected. “Certainly by age five. The only person they will curtsy or bow to is the sovereign. A royal highness does not curtsy to another royal highness.”
George recently celebrated his fifth birthday, so this will be something we will likely see him do in the near future. Koenig agrees: “It’s more than likely that he’s practicing in private.”
As far as Charlotte goes, she’s still got a bit of time to get the hang of things. I’m sure if she’s like any other younger sibling, she’s going to be watching her big brother very closely and will want to start copying his actions once he begins his curtsy.
I know the internet will certainly go wild when we see the littlest royal perform their first public bow and curtsy!