Harper's Bazaar: Why Princess Charlotte can’t sit at dinner table with parents on Royal visits

Jun 25, 2018
08:28 A.M.
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There is a lot that goes into Royal family protocol and etiquette including the fact that Princess Charlotte and her brother cannot dine with their parents during official visits.


Harpers Bazaar Australia shed light on some of the Royal rules that Prince William and Kate’s children have to follow.

The Royals have to follow protocol in their public life which include standing up when the Queen stands, abstaining from moments of PDA, the necessity of myrtle in all bouquets at a Royal wedding and the female members wearing baby pink nail varnish.

These rules are not just for the adults, but also for the younger members of the Monarch. There is a particular decree that banishes Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis to the children’s table during official dinners.

The little ones are forbidden from sitting with their parents until they have learned the ‘art of polite conversation.’


There are quite a few other rules for the William and Kate’s brood. One important rule is that they are required to learn more than one language.

A report by People magazine earlier this year reported that Princess Charlotte had already started learning Spanish, though she had only just started school.

It is believed that her nanny, Maria Teresa Turrioin, a Spanish native is the reason behind this as she often speaks to the little Princess in her mother tongue.


The bilingual skills seem to be a necessity as the Royals are required to travel to different countries in their lifetimes.

George and Charlotte have already visited several countries including Australia, France, Canada, and Germany.

The Royals also have to follow strict protocol when it comes to dressing. In a report published by BBC in July 2017, confirmed that it was mandatory for Prince George to wear shorts as a young male member of the family.


However, he did break the rule last month when he wore trousers for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding at which he served as a page boy. The tradition dates back to the 16th century.

As far as Charlotte’s attire is concerned, she is rarely seen without a colorful smock dress with a Peter Pan collar, a pair of Mary Jane shoes and a matching bow. 

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