Royal snap: The surprising similarity these royals share and what it means


THE ROYAL FAMILY share many similarities with members of the public, including rare and unique differences. But what royals possess one trait shared by just 10 percent of the world’s population?

The Royal Family are renowned for many traits. But one little known trait shared by some of the Royal Family is left-handedness. August 13 marks International Left-Handers Day, so which members of the Royal Family are celebrating their rare gift today?

What is Left-Handers Day?

This year is the 23rd annual Left-Handers Day which is celebrated each year on Thursday, August 13. The day was originally devised by Dean R Campbell, founder of the Left-Handers International Inc. in 1976, to help raise awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of being left-handed. The day was later declared an official celebration by the Left-Hander’s Day Club on August 13, 1997. Research suggests between 10 and 12 percent of the world’s population is left-handed. The special day honours the daily struggles experienced by left-handed persons in a world predominantly designed at right-handed individuals.
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Royal snap: Which members of the Royal Family are left-handed? (Image: GETTY)
Royal snap: Prince William
Royal snap: Prince William writing with his left hand (Image: GETTY)

Which members of the Royal Family are left-handed?

Prince William

He has been seen on a number of occasions signing guest books using his left hand. Prince William has even joked in the past about it, stating that “left-handers have better brains” than right-handers. When signing a book on his first day at Eton his left-handedness became known to the wider public, when he was photographed alongside parents Prince Charles and Princess Diana and younger brother Prince Harry.
Royal snap: Sophie
Royal snap: Sophie Countess of Wessex is also left-handed (Image: GETTY)

Sophie Countess of Wessex

Prince William is not the only member of the Royal Family who is left-handed. Sophie, Countess of Wessex, is also known to be left-handed. The former PR executive who has been a working member of the Royal Family for almost 20 years has often been photographed writing using her left hand.

King George VI

The Queen’s father King George VI was famously made to change his natural left-handedness to write with his right hand by his strict father King George V. It was a common practice that time to try to change natural left-handed people to make them instead use their right hand. King George VI was however frequently seen playing tennis with his left hand.
Royal snap: King George VI
Royal snap: King George was often seen playing tennis with his left hand (Image: GETTY)
Royal snap: Queen Victoria
Royal snap: Queen Victoria was renowned for painting with her left hand (Image: GETTY)

Queen Victoria

Several members of the Royal Family through the centuries are likely to have been left-handed. But one older monarch who is renowned for her left-handedness is Queen Victoria. The monarch was often seen writing with her right hand but would paint with her left hand. Painting with her left hand suggests she was encouraged to write with her right hand, which was encouraged at the time. Other famous left-handed people include several politicians and famed persons. Several past prime ministers including David Cameron and Winston Churchill were left-handed. In addition, five out of the last eight US presidents have been left-handed including Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. David Bowie and Jimi Hendrix also played and wrote with their left hands. Source: EXPRESS CO UK