When I was a kid, I remember practicing to curtsey. No, not in dance class or anything, just on my own because I was a nerdy kid (no more teasing please). I dont know when I ever thought I would have a need to curtsey, but it seemed like a valuable skill to have, so I "perfected" it. Luckily I'm not Kate Middleton or all of that practice would have gone to waste becuase it appears that after that thing we cant talk about she will only be expected to curtsey to one person - The Queen herself.
|Zara Phillips greets her Grandmother, |
The Queen with a curtsey
As the article explains, the wife of a royal takes on the position of her husband unless he is not with her and then she is moved down in rank. So, without William physically by her side, Kate is actually ranked below Anne, Alexandra and Prince Andrew and Fergie's daughters, Beatrice and Eugenie, since they are technically in line to the throne and royal by blood.
Confused? Here's the order as mandated by the Queen:
1. The Queen
2. Kate Middleton (unless she is sans Wills, which will knock her down to #6 just ahead of Camilla)
3. Princess Anne
4. Princess Beatrice
5. Princess Eugenie
6. Princess Alexandra
7. Duchess of Cornwall (Camilla)
8. Countess of Wessex (Sophie, wife of Prince Edward)
9. Lady Louise Windsor (Sophie and Edward's daughter)
10. Zara Phillips (Princess Anne's daughter)
If you'd like to learn to curtsey, here is a young girl's informational video. (Where was youtube when I was practicing in my bedroom??)