What an intellectual arc.
Kate Middleton put her royal etiquette and years of training to good use when she took a bow worthy of the record books on Tuesday.
Wearing a stunning red hat by Jane Taylor and matching wool cape by Catherine Walker & Co., the Princess of Wales accompanied her husband Prince William, both 41, to greet the South President -Korean Yoon Suk Yeol, 62, and his wife, First Lady Kim Keon Hee, 51, for his official state visit to the United Kingdom.
After the introductions, the couples arrived at Horse Guards Parade in London to meet King Charles, 75, and Queen Camilla, 76, for the welcome ceremony.
As Princess Kate walked up the stairs behind Prince William, who bowed his head to greet his father and Camilla, she stopped at the top and gave the perfect curtsy to the King and Queen, just inches from disaster certain.
Without missing a beat or falling down a flight of stairs, Prince Kate flashed a broad smile for the cameras before taking her place next to Prince William.
Later that evening, the visiting couple rode by horse-drawn carriage down a street lined with British and Korean flags to Buckingham Palace.
There, members of the royal family donned their finest outfits, crowns and tiaras for the state banquet.
King Charles and Queen Camilla were joined by 170 guests, including senior royals Prince William and Princess Kate of Wales, Princess Anne, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, and Sophie, the Duchess of ‘Edinburgh.
K-Pop royalty Black Pink was also in attendance.
All four members of the group – Jisoo, Lisa, Jennie and Rosé – were addressed in the king’s speech before the dinner, where he praised them for using their platform to shine a light on environmental issues.
“It is particularly inspiring to see the younger Korean generation embrace this cause,” King Charles said. “I applaud Jennie, Jisoo, Lisa and Rosé, better known collectively as Blackpink, for their role in bringing the message of environmental sustainability to a global audience as ambassadors for the UK presidency of COP 26, and later as United Nations sustainable development advocates. Goals.”
He added: “I can only admire how they can prioritize these vital issues, while still being global superstars. »
For centuries, it has been traditional to greet or welcome members of the royal family with a curtsy or bow, but according to the official website, “there are no obligatory codes of behavior when meeting with the queen or a member of the royal family, but many people wish to observe traditional forms.
It is therefore not surprising that when members of the royal family wear their knickers or are royally miffed, they demonstrate their disdain by refusing to curtsy to the monarch who has earned their wrath.
This was the case during King Charles’ coronation on May 6, when Princess Kate reportedly refused to bow to Queen Camilla as she left Westminster Abbey.
In an interview on “Dan Wootton Tonight,” royal biographer Tom Bower claimed the Princess of Wales was “angry” with the newly crowned queen over the coronation guest list, as she was unable to invite only four members of her family while Camilla There were 20 people present.
“Camilla brought 20 Parker Bowles to the coronation and there were four Middletons,” Bower said, while confirming that Middleton’s two siblings were not allowed to bring their partners.
“If you watch the footage of the coronation, as the King and Queen leave the thrones and walk out of Westminster Abbey, you will see that everyone is bowing and curtsying to the King and that no one moves a limb, a muscle, when Camilla walks by,” Bower continued. “And that’s because they were mad at Camilla.”
The refusal to curtsy also apparently landed the Duchess of Sussex in hot water.
According to royal biographer Andrew Morton, 70, Prince Harry, 38, and Meghan Markle, 42, will not return to the UK because she does not want to curtsy to Middleton when Prince William becomes king.
On Sky News’ ‘Sunday Morning With Trevor Phillips’, the biographer was asked about the possibility of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex returning to Britain after crossing the Atlantic in 2020.
“What, and does Meghan Markle curtsy to Kate Middleton? sneered Morton. “I do not think so.”