As a member of the British royal family, being an avid rule follower simply comes with the territory. There are many standards, procedures, traditions, and protocols in which one must adhere at all times, especially in the eye of the public. Queen Elizabeth has adamantly followed every single one and does her best to ensure the rest of her family follows suit.
Just as in any other family, this is easier said than done. The younger generations often have a more difficult time sticking to these various rules. Some of the time, it could be a mere accident. Other times, it’s out of rebellion.
At the Easter service, two of the family members were found guilty of doing just this, but, in this case, their error falls in the “Oops!” category. Prince William and Kate Middleton aren’t ones who are called rule breakers. They diligently adhere to the family standards.
As the heavily pregnant Duchess and her Duke made their way to the Easter service on April 1, the protocol they broke was timeliness. Thanks to the hustle and bustle of Easter morning traffic caused them to run a bit behind schedule. For some, this is nothing serious. If you’re part of the notoriously prompt Queen Elizabeth’s family, it’s not something to brush off.
The royal family is always set to arrive in order of precedence, with the most senior royal family members arriving last. The family is well-versed on the order of arrival and is expected to do so without a hitch.
Thankfully, this one error in arrival time didn’t appear to phase the Queen too much. The joy of the Easter holiday seemed to override any frustrations she might have had about the timing mishap.
Needless to say, the Duchess and Duke will likely be bumping back their departure times for their upcoming appearances in order to adhere more closely to the rules.