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Kate Middleton became the Duchess of Cambridge once she married into the royal family, and despite the fact that being married to Prince William has endless perks, there’s one tradition that she has to do that she may or may not like so much.
The Duchess must curtsy to her husband’s cousins, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, or the Queen’s daughter Princess Anne, because they’re of royal blood.
The Telegraph reports that the Duchess of Cambridge was told by Queen Elizabeth through the Order of Precedence that although she’s now in the royal family, the blood princesses still outrank her.
The updated rules, however, only state that Middleton must curtsy to those family members such as Princess Royal, Princess Alexandra, when she’s not with her husband.
Moreover, when she is with William, she must curtsy to the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.
An aristocrat explains, “Updating the Order of Precedence has been a simple matter of following the precedent set when the Prince of Wales married Camilla Parker Bowles.”
People reports that a spokesperson for the palace said that they wouldn’t comment on private matters that involve the Queen.