King Charles and Queen Camilla visit Covent Garden
Kate, Princess of Wales curtsied to Queen Camilla for the first time at the Coronation Concert at Windsor Castle, rubbishing reports of a feud between the two senior royals. Video footage shows the Princess curtysing to the Queen as she went past her on her way to her seat at the concert, before the two women were spotted giggling together.
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All women, including royals, are expected to make a curtsy and slightly bow their head if they are seeing the monarch for the first time that day.
For men the accepted greeting is a bow of the head, with Prince George and Princess Charlotte also seen curtsying to the new King and Queen at the concert.
King Charles received his first bows and curtsies as the official monarch during the Coronation ceremony on May 6, with his wife Camilla also greeting him in this way.
According to the British Monarchy website it is not essential for members of the public to bow or curtsy to the King or Queen, although it is customary.
The official guidance confirms there are “no obligatory codes of behaviour” but notes that many people prefer to “observe the traditional forms”.
Following Kate’s decision not to curtsy to Camilla at the Coronation royal author Tom Bower claimed it was because of an argument between the two.
He claimed the Princess of Wales was “angry” with her mother-in-law and added that “nobody moved a muscle” for the Queen Consort in the Abbey.
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Mr Bower said on GB News: “If you look at the Coronation footage, as the King and Queen leave the thrones and head for the exit of Westminster Abbey, you’ll see that everyone bows and curtsies to the King and no one moves a limb, a muscle, when Camilla passes.
“And that’s because they were angry with her. No one moves.”
He continued: “Kate and William were angry too. That anger went right through that small part of the congregation by the throne, at the centre of Westminster Abbey.
“And in that moment it was absolutely noticeable to those people who had been excluded that nobody – let alone Kate – curtsied to Queen Camilla.”
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Mr Bower speculated that Kate was annoyed at Camilla because she had been able to invite many more of her family members to the ceremony, alleging that Queen Camilla “bought twenty Parker Bowles’ to the Coronation and there were four Middleton’s”.
However body language analyst Darren Stanton claimed that the two women have a “deep connection” and can often be seen sharing a joke together.
Speaking on behalf of Spin Genie Mr Stanton told Express.co.uk: “In terms of their development, it’s taken quite a few years for Kate and Camilla to grow a deep level of rapport.
“However, as the years have gone on, Kate and Camilla have both developed an inner confidence within themselves. They’ve also likely spent a lot of time together privately, which has enabled them to develop a deeper connection.”
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