The royal tour of 2016 has come to an end, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have taken with them wonderful memories of a week spent entrenched in the culture of Bhutan. Kate Middleton stunned in her incredible wardrobe while by the side of her hubby, Prince William. Although the couple looked absolutely elated by their experience and enjoyed their time in such a gorgeous locale while in one another’s company, one fact stands out about the two.
Any royal watcher would likely notice that the Duke and Duchess were never spotted on the entire trip holding hands or embracing one another, though some endearing occasions may seem to call for it.
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Myra Meika, who is an etiquette coach, shares the reason why Will and Kate avoid holding hands in public. The Independent relays Myra’s words.
“There is no actual etiquette or royal protocol that says the couple must refrain from PDA. The likely reasoning is more that while traveling on a tour such as the India trip, technically the couple are working representatives of British Monarchy. The couple are likely to show very little PDA, if any, to remain professional during their designated roles abroad.”
Although it is a proper approach for Prince William and Kate Middleton to take, it would still be a welcomed sight to see the Duke and Duchess give each other a sweet peck or embrace. It’s clear, regardless of the no-PDA rule, that the couple is smitten with one another after four years of marriage and two little ones. When spotted together they are constantly wearing beaming smiles and pictured giving flirtatious glances to one another.
As the publication shares, Kate and Will returned home from their tour of Bhutan this past Saturday and are preparing to host United States’ President Barack Obama and first Lady Michelle on Friday night at Kensington Palace. Prince Harry will also be in attendance at the dinner. It’s sure to be an event that will bring media attention from all over the globe, much like the recent tour did.
As for additional etiquette rules for the royals, Kate noted one that she needs a bit more help with than others. During the Duchess’ interview for the documentary which celebrates Queen Elizabeth II 90th birthday, Middleton relayed that she struggles to keep the chatter down when on a walkabout. Vanity Fair shares the words of Middleton about how she gets teased for her behavior during these times.
“There’s a real art to walkabouts, everybody teases me in the family that I spend far too long chatting. I still have to learn a little bit more, and to pick up a few more tips, I suppose.”
Middleton went on to share that the Queen is always good to offer advice to her to give her a bit of direction seeing as she has had decades worth of experience.
“She’s been generous and not forceful at all in her views. And she’s really been there in a gentle guidance for me.”
— VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) March 24, 2016
It’s not often that Kate gives interviews dishing on the goings on inside Kensington Palace, but when it’s for the Queen who has just become the longest reigning monarch in British history, poking fun at herself and paying homage to the knowledgeable monarch is a must.
Another royal who dished on the Queen was her grandson and Kate’s brother-in-law, Prince Harry.
— HELLO! Canada (@HelloCanada) April 12, 2016
The Prince made note of the fact that although Elizabeth is his grandmother, he has always felt that she is his boss ahead of being his grandma. People shares Harry’s words on the subject.
“I still view her more as the Queen than my grandmother. You have this huge amount of respect for your boss and I always view her as my boss, but occasionally as a grandmother.”
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