As per the newly updated ‘Order of Precedence,’ it has been ordained that the Duchess of Cambridge, as a former commoner Kate Middleton must curtsy before so-called 'blood princesses' whenever Prince William is not accompanying her, informs reports.
It’s Queen Elizabeth’s decision that when Duchess Kate isn't with her husband she must curtsy to the Princess Annie, Princess Alexandra (the Queen’s cousin) and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie (the daughters of the Duke of York), both in public and private.
In a document on new protocols, apparently, circulated privately in the royal household, when Prince William is not present, Duchess Kate’s rank falls within the royal family. Hence she must show reverence to other family members, as per new order.
It may be noted that when Prince Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005, the ‘Order of Precedence’ was last updated. At that point the Sophie, the Countess of Wessex was reported to be upset that she was made to curtsy to Camilla. A senior courtier was quoted as saying to the Daily Telegrah: “She didn’t like it one bit.”
The Earl of Wessex - Edward’s wife had previously been the second-highest ranking woman in the Royal family because neither of the Queen’s other sons, Charles and Prince Andrew, were married.
However, under the new rule, Duchess Kate still remains superior to Sophie, The Countess of Wessex, and hence the latter would have to curtsy to Catherine. Wonder how Sophie (former Sophie Helen née Rhys-Jones) will now take this new protocol.
Meanwhile, for Duchess Kate it’s mandatory as a royal that at all times, whether she is in Prince William’s company or not, she must curtsy to Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.
While Royal observers believe Duchess Kate may not mind the new protocols as she is eager to please everyone in the royal household, Prince William may not be too happy at this revised decree for his better half.
Wonder what Brits will have to say about this unusual new ‘Order of Precedence’irrespective of age and seniority? Point is, must Duchess Kate be made to curtsy to Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie too?
Source: Marie Claire.co.uk/The Telegraph