The British queen has approved an update of a royal rulebook which says the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton has to curtsy to the “blood princesses”.
The updated rulebook includes guidelines on how Kate, who has no royal blood, must acknowledge the “blood princesses”, reported The Christian Science Monitor.
The acknowledgement takes the form of curtsying to the younger cousins of her husband, Prince William, as Queen Elizabeth II has approved an update of the Order of Precedence in the Royal Household.
The amendment of the Order of Precedence, which is a sort of manual of court rules, has been aimed at taking into account the addition of Kate.
The Order now states that Kate, who has no royal blood in her veins, must curtsy to the “blood princesses”: the Princess Royal, Anne; Princess Alexandra, the granddaughter of George V; and the daughters of the Duke of York, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie; when she is not accompanied by her husband.
However, when William is with her, Kate does not have to curtsy to the blood princesses, but still must curtsy to the Queen, the Queen’s husband Prince Philip, her father-in-law Charles, the Prince of Wales, and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall.
The newspaper said the new piece of protocol approved by Britain’s royal family came as a surprise at a time when they were seeking to project a more modern image.