This Royal Rule May Make Princess Charlotte’s Future Much More Difficult Than Prince George’s
It’s no secret that Prince George and Princess Charlotte get to grow up and live pretty charmed lives. However, there are still some royals rules that Prince William and Kate Middleton’s two young children have to follow. In fact, some royal rules are not the same for the two of them. Here are some of the rules that the young Cambridge children must follow, and the one seemingly unfair rule that only applies to Princess Charlotte (check out page 8).
They don’t actually get gifts
How can this be? Don’t the royal children get gifts from people all over the world? While this may be true, the gifts don’t technically belong to Prince George and Princess Charlotte. All gifts actually belong to the monarchy, and Queen Elizabeth has the final say on what gifts stay or go. However, all gifts must be accepted graciously by the recipient.
Next: While we’re on the subject of gifts …
No presents on Christmas day
Christmas is a big to-do for the royals, as the whole family joins under one roof for the holiday festivities. But unlike the rest of the kids in the U.K., Prince George and Princess Charlotte don’t get to open up presents on Christmas morning. All gifts are unwrapped on Christmas eve, and the following day is spent going to church with the family, and watching the queen’s address.
Next: And since we just mentioned Queen Elizabeth …
The queen’s ‘food rule’ applies
As part of royal family etiquette, everyone is done eating dinner when the queen is done, even if they aren’t necessarily finished with their own meals. Despite being little tikes — and possibly not even holding their utensils properly — George and Charlotte have their plates taken away when their great-grandmother is done eating.
Next: And that’s not the only food-focused protocol.
Other food rules
The royal family keeps many foods off their list, from processed foods to shellfish. And as part of the royal family, George and Charlotte have to follow the strict menu when eating with the family. But to be fair, mom Kate Middleton reportedly breaks protocol and lets her kids eat more fun things like store-bought breakfast cereal and cheeseburgers.
Next: Here’s a royal rule that doesn’t get broken.
Following the dress code
Fashion is a huge part of royal family etiquette, from what colors to wear on certain occasions to when it’s appropriate to wear a hat. Even at tender young ages, Prince George and Princess Charlotte have to obey the dress code. This, of course, means Prince George is always seen wearing shorts with a nice shirt, socks, and buckled leather shoes. Princess Charlotte only wore baby onesies for the first 12 months of her life, and started wearing dresses after she turned 1 year old.
Next: When it comes to presenting themselves, it isn’t just about the clothes.
Body language rules
Posture is a huge part of presenting one’s self, and it’s something that the royal family takes very seriously. (Queen Elizabeth chastised Prince William not that long ago for slouching!) This applies to even the smallest of royals — although we’re sure both George and Charlotte got a pass when they were newborns and couldn’t sit up straight yet.
Next: The infamous “Windsor Wave.”
That’s right — even Prince George and Princess Charlotte have to master the formal wave that their great-grandmother is so well known for. They are also expected to start learning how to formally meet people from a very young age. This is where the rules are a little different for each child: Greetings consist of a head bow for George and a little curtsy for Charlotte.
Next: How you greet others isn’t the only rule that differs between the young Cambridges.
The one unfair rule
When you’re born into the royal family, you instantly become a prince or a princess, right? Quite the contrary. As the Daily Mail and other outlets revealed in 2017, Princess Charlotte’s future children will not get royal titles because of an outdated royal rule. Prince George’s children, on the other hand, will have the coveted HRH titles before their names.
Next: But why is this so?
The story behind the rule
According to royal rules, children born from a princess cannot have a royal title. “Royal titles are inherited through sons,” royal etiquette expert Lucy Hume reportedly told Town & Country. “So if Princess Charlotte has children they would not automatically inherit the titles HRH, Prince, or Princess.”
Next: Charlotte isn’t the first royal to encounter this.
Other royals affected by this rule
Being that this is, in fact, an outdated rule, Princess Charlotte will not be the first royal that this protocol has affected. Queen Elizabeth’s daughter, Princess Anne, has children that don’t have royal titles. The same was true for Queen Elizabeth’s late sister, Princess Margaret, and her two children.
Next: But since we’ve said before that some rules get broken …
Can this rule be changed?
Queen Elizabeth has, in fact, bent this old rule on a couple occasions. She actually offered to give Princess Anne’s children, Peter and Zara, HRH status when they were born. Anne and then-husband Captain James Phillips declined the offer. Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex also declined the offer to give their children titles, reportedly saying it was a “clear personal wish” to not give them that status.
Next: Here’s how the rule could potentially affect her.
Guesses as to whether Charlotte will buck this rule?
This may sound silly, given that the princess is only 2 years old. But of course, royal watchers are curious as to whether this rule will stand. The only way this rule could hurt her future is if the line of succession changes. Even though Prince George’s children would get titles, Princess Charlotte would technically still be the next heir in line for the throne. If that changed, it would be an uphill battle for Princess Charlotte in the hierarchy.
Next: Then again, it’s not as if rules haven’t been changed or broken before.
Rules already broken for George and Charlotte
The possibility of this rule getting changed in the modern era isn’t all that unlikely, given that George and Charlotte’s parents have already bent royal protocol on numerous occasions for their children. (We already mentioned that they get to eat a little differently.) The youngsters are the first royals to attend public school — although Prince George’s prep school comes with a pretty steep price tag.
Next: Breaking rules is in their genes.
Rules broken by their father
The Duke of Cambridge has broken plenty of royal rules as a dad, starting with when he drove the duchess and a newborn Prince George home from the hospital. He also flew in the same plane with George on his first international flight — a big no-no, since heirs are not supposed to travel together in case there is an accident. William and Kate, however, travel with their children regularly.
Next: William didn’t just start breaking rules when he became a dad.
The rules Prince William broke when he was younger
Long before Prince George and Princess Charlotte was even a thought, Prince William was paving the way for a more modern, royal rule-bending future. He was the first royal to be born in a hospital instead of at home, and he was the first to attend boarding school instead of being home-schooled.
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