Why Princess Beatrice didn't curtsy to the Queen on Easter Sunday

Sarah Carty
Features & Style Editor
Princess Beatrice arrived at the St George’s Chapel Easter service with her cousins, Prince William and Zara Tindall. Photo: Getty Images

All talk about the royal family’s outing on Easter Sunday may have been focused on Prince William and Prince Harry’s obvious ploy to keep a safe distance from each other.

But it seems like we may have all missed a major royal faux pas, by none other than Princess Beatrice, who very rarely puts a protocol foot wrong.

The 30-year-old granddaughter of the Queen looked stunning as she lined up alongside her father, Prince Andrew, at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor.

In the video below, the Queen can be seen arriving in her car and making her way along the line of family members outside the church.

Kate Middleton was pictured curtsying to the Queen. Photo: Getty Images
Zara Tindall and Autumn Phillips curtseyed, while Prince Harry bowed his head to the Queen. Photo: Getty Images

Peter and Autumn Phillips bow their heads and curtsy as the Queen walks by, as do Prince Harry, Zara and Mike Tindall and Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Yet, when the Queen gets to Prince Andrew and Princess Beatrice, neither of them can be seen curtsying to the Monarch.

While it may have seemed like a complete breach of protocol, one royal expert has an explanation for Beatrice’s lack of curtsy.

Robert Jobson claimed in Royal Central that members of the royal family only need to curtsy on their first meeting with the Queen, so it’s highly likely Princess Beatrice and her granny had seen each other earlier that morning.

What was more obvious on the day was Prince Harry and Prince William’s awkward encounter at the doors of the church.

Princess Beatrice didn’t curtsy when the Queen walked by.

The video sees 34-year-old Harry arriving at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor, with his cousins Peter and Autumn Phillips, before greeting a minister with a handshake outside the church doors.

Close on his heels is Prince William, but instead of turning around to greet his brother, Harry moves awkwardly to the side and appears to pointedly distance himself.

Head bowed and seemingly avoiding eye contact, he then shuffles to the back of the line, and lets cousins Zara and Mike Tindall slot inbetween himself and Wills.

The footage is awkward to say the least, and does very little to dispel rumours of a royal rift between the brothers. In fact, many royal observers are noting that it was a missed opportunity to put on a united front and squash the rumours for once and for all.

Although the icy Easter Sunday appearance could be nothing, many insiders speculate that the brothers missed a prime opportunity to squash feud rumours once and for all, and perhaps on purpose.

A source revealed to ET that William and Harry are simply at “different stages in their life,” however many believe the pair’s fallout to be much more complicated.

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