Princess Eugenie's curtsy to the Queen considered the best in years
The wedding day is the most crucial moment in any girl's life, and it is even more momentous when the magnificent and colossal event is held by the British Royal Family. Despite her wedding dress, Princess Eugenie managed to curtsy to her grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.
This gesture has been deep-rooted in the history of the blue-blood family in the UK, and although it is hard for commoners to understand, it is essential among royals. The bride's curtsy is considered the best one that has been ever performed, and we will reveal all the details in the article below.
What is a curtsy?
Perhaps, you don't even know what it is or how it works with royals. Mere mortals feel content with greeting relatives and friends with a hug or kiss, but it does not happen when you belong to the most important family in the UK. It is true that the monarchy has been progressive in many different ways.
However, some traditions, protocols, and rules are here to stay, and one of those, maybe the most intriguing one, is the art of curtsy. According to Now to Love, it is a gesture to evince respect to those with a higher rank, and it involves a deep and elaborate pose with one foot behind the other.
During a conversation with Express, royal etiquette expert Jean Broke-Smith explained that the gesture is mandatory for royals, while for the members of the public, it remains optional, although it is recommended to do so in order to show respect to customs.
How does it work?
Moreover, since the 17th century, it became gender-specific, as women are the ones who now perform it, whereas men adopted the bow. There are no rules on how deep you should go; it all depends on your flexibility, balance and core strength.
Additionally, the length and depth of the curtsy will be determined by how much reverence you would like to show. The longer and deeper the gesture, the more respect you would portray. Among royals, the rules to know who curtsies to who are very convoluted, and there is even an Order of Precedence.
By and large, it is very similar to the line of succession to the throne, but it has several exceptions. For instance, Kate and Meghan would have to curtsy to blood princesses such as Eugenie and Beatriz, but that changes if they are with their husbands since the princes rank higher than their female cousins.
But one thing is for sure, the principal person to curtsy, without doubt, is the Queen, and her granddaughter and ninth in line to the throne did it, even on her big day. This year has been hectic for the royal family on the social agenda.
Back in May, we witnessed the wedding between Prince Harry and former actress Meghan Markle. A month ago, we had the first royal wedding with people from the same sex. And now some days ago, on October 12, Prince Andrew's youngest daughter tied the knot.
The best curtsy
The 28-year-old looked absolutely stunning in her Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos gown. The dress itself was an intriguing choice since the bride opted to don one that fully displayed the scoliosis scar on her back. According to BBC, it is crucial to show people one's marks.
Moreover, anyone can change the way beauty is. The Princess was treated for scoliosis when she was 12 years old through two 12-inch titanium rods that were put in her back in a surgery that resulted in a scar, but it was evident that she is not ashamed of this fact.
Even though she was wearing a floor-length dress with a long train and Charlotte Olympia peep-toe heels, Eugenie performed the respectful gesture with grace in front of everyone without stumbling. The Princess was spotted performing an impressively low curtsy to her grandmother.
And not even the long dress stopped her from curtsying the Queen after exchanging vows with her now husband, Jack Brooksbank. Several people on social media reacted to her sweet and respectful gesture, considering it to be the best curtsy the Queen has received in a long time.
Many brides fear to trip over their wedding dress on the big day, but Eugenie clearly had no fear in her heart when she bowed to the Queen at St. George's Chapel, and her bravery has earned her praises from people all over the world.
A loving helping hand
While making the respectful gesture, the Princess firmly held her 32-year-old husband's hand, who was seen bowing his head at the old chapel, the same one where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot on May 19, 2018.
During the royal wedding back in May, cameras missed the exact bit when Meghan Markle curtsied before the Queen, but for this occasions, photographers were quick to capture the kind and respectful expression right after the end of the National Anthem.
Just after signing "God Save the Queen", Eugenie impressed everyone with her reverence on her way out of St. George's Chapel to share their kiss as husband and wife. The princess seemingly followed in her mother's footsteps since Sarah Ferguson also took a dramatic dip during her wedding in 1986.
Following her paramount curtsy, Jack and his wife exited the chapel to say hi to the 1,200 members of the public who were given the opportunity to witness the ceremony on Windsor Castle grounds. And that is not even counting the 800 formal guests that were with the couple inside the church.
The audience was riddled with stars including actress Demi Moore and model Cara Delevingne. After the religious ceremony and a brief carriage ride, the couple and their guests went to enjoy a private reception hosted by the Queen.
They also had a more intimate party with only close friends and relatives later in the evening at Royal Lodge, a Grade II listed house in Windsor Great Park in Berkshire that was the princess' home during her childhood. We are so glad Eugenie and Jack were able to formalize their love after eight years of relationship.
Who would have thought that a mere gesture would mean so much among the royals? After reading this article, we are sure you are now an expert. So if you ever encounter the Queen of England, now you know what you have to do: follow Princess Eugenie's example.