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Why didn’t Princess Beatrice curtsey to The Queen when all of the other royal ladies did?

Charlie Proctor explains why Princess Beatrice did not curtsey to The Queen at church today when all of the other royal ladies did so.

The Queen and members of The Royal Family attended the traditional Easter Day church service at Windsor Castle this morning.

Most senior members of The Royal Family were present, and as is protocol, the family arrived at church before The Queen and waited outside for her arrival.

The only exception to this rule was the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who arrived late to the service and had to enter St George’s Chapel after Her Majesty.

As the 91-year-old Monarch greeted her family outside of church, all of the royal ladies curtsied and all of the gentlemen bowed their heads.

Except Princess Beatrice that is, the eldest of the York daughters. She remained standing up straight as The Queen walked by her.

Why was this? Did she simply forget, was there a royal snub, or is there another reason?

The most likely reason for her lack of curtseying is because she had already met The Queen at Windsor Castle this morning before the church service.

According to royal journalist Robert Jobson, people only curtsey on their first meeting of the day with the monarch.

This means that if Beatrice had already met with her grandmother earlier in the day, there is no need to curtsey for a second time.

The other members of The Royal Family, on the other hand, met The Queen for the first time today at church. This is why they all curtsied and bowed.

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Unfortunately for Princess Beatrice, she looked out of place as she was the only one not to formally acknowledge Her Majesty.

But, at least Beatrice was on time for the service and arrived at the church before her grandmother.