Posing royalty: 7 signature poses and gestures of the Windsor family
The British royal family must adhere to a special protocol: rules of behavior based on long-standing traditions. This code defines almost all aspects of the life of titled persons. For example, women are supposed to sit like this: knees together and bent to one side. Putting one leg over the other is bad manners; one of the biggest violations of etiquette.
When meeting the queen, men should nod their heads slightly, and women should make a small curtsy. And even tea should be drunk "properly". Monarchs hold the cup with their thumb and forefinger clasping the handle, and place the middle finger under the handle. There are many such rules and restrictions. This explains why kings, princesses, and dukes behave rather reservedly compared to other people. Want to know what gestures and postures are now made automatically? Read the OBOZREVATEL article.
1. Princess Diana
One leg over the other. Yes, yes, this is exactly the pose that protocol prohibits. Princess Diana could not get rid of this habit. She often sat down with her legs crossed, pressed together and pulled apart. Interestingly, many years later, Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, wife of Prince Harry (Princess Diana's youngest son), began to copy this pose. And unlike Lady Di, she was criticized for not following the rules of etiquette.
2. Kate Middleton
Kate Middleton, the wife of William, Prince of Wales, almost always keeps her legs firmly pressed together with a slight bend when she sits down. She had this habit even before she became part of the British royal family. Media journalists have called this pose a "Duchess's Slant."
3. Prince William
The eldest son of King Charles III of the United Kingdom, Prince William, always sits with his knees wide apart at public events. This is in stark contrast to the way his graceful wife Kate Middleton sits. By the way, William developed this habit in childhood.
4. Prince George
The son of Prince William of Wales and Princess Catherine of Wales, Prince George often stands cross-legged. There are times when he additionally puts his hand in his pants pocket. It seems that the 10-year-old future heir to the throne is not yet very comfortable in front of the cameras.
5. Prince Harry
The youngest son of Charles III, Prince Harry, has a habit of hiding his palm behind his jacket lapel since childhood. He does this not only unconsciously but also when posing for photoshoots. This gesture is called the Paperclip Hand. It was used by orators in ancient Greece as free hands were considered rude and insulting to the audience.
6. Elizabeth II
The former Queen of Great Britain, Elizabeth II, liked to keep her hands in the stomach area with her fingers interlocked. Given that she always followed protocol and had elegant manners, this habit suited her incredibly well, adding a special charm.
7. King Charles III
In almost all of his photos, King Charles III poses with his arms crossed behind his back. This is a habit he developed as a child. He probably unconsciously adopted it from his mother. By the way, Elizabeth II really did this often too.
Earlier, OBOZREVATEL wrote about how the royal family members actually spend their days in the UK.