Prince George and Princess Charlotte may be kids, but the third- and fourth-in-line to the throne will be picking up some serious protocol soon: bowing and curtsying to their great-grandmother, the Queen! While royal watchers are used to seeing other members of the family, like their parents Prince William and Kate, bending a knee, the little ones only have a few years that are free of this tradition. "Certainly by age five," historian Marlene Eilers Koenig told HELLO!
Luckily, they'll only have to remember to bow or curtsy to one person. "The only person they will curtsy or bow to is the sovereign," Marlene added. "A royal highness does not curtsy to another royal highness. Yes, there are articles that state this, but it is not true." Now that Prince George is five, he's likely to be dipping his head to his great-granny in private at least, since he is yet to be spotted bowing in public.
Princess Charlotte, on the other hand, could very well be an expert already at the tender age of three. George's little sister has already curtsied in public, while saying goodbye to diplomats in Poland during the family's 2017 tour. Fans delighted in seeing the adorable toddler follow her mom Kate's instructions and dip down in her little blue dress. And even if she's started practicing with her Gan-Gan, Charlotte may not be familiar with the intricacies of the tradition.
Marlene, who runs the blog Royal Musings, elaborated: "Curtseying and bowing is etiquette, nothing to do with precedence. You bow or curtsy the first time you see the sovereign and then again when you leave. At Christmas at church, we saw the Cambridges and Prince Harry and Meghan curtsy and bow when the Queen arrived and left. Other royals including Charles did not because they had come from Sandringham and had already seen the Queen."
Like his royal relative Princess Eugenie, whose adorable curtsy to the Queen Mother melted the hearts of royal followers when she was just seven, Prince George's first bow is sure to be an exciting moment for the future king's fans.