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21 May 2019, 11:50
Kate Middleton and the Queen shared a lovely moment as they greeted each other at Chelsea Flower Show, but did the Duchess of Cambridge break royal protocol?
Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, welcomed Her Majesty to Chelsea Flower Show this week.
Following this, the Queen attended to see the beautiful grounds for the first time.
In a moment captured royal correspondent Emily Nash, the Queen, Prince William and Kate can be seen greeting each other with a warm welcome.
WATCH: Kisses and a curtsy as William and Kate welcome the Queen to the Back to Nature garden: pic.twitter.com/VhJMPkSGkV— Emily Nash (@emynash) May 20, 2019
William gives his Grandma a kiss on both cheeks, which Kate copied and followed with a small curtsey.
Many fans loved the warm moment between the family, while others questioned whether the Duchess had broken royal protocol by not curtseying first.
One royal fan queried on Twitter: “The thing I noticed was the kiss came before the bow or curtsy. It must be how they normally do it.”
He added: “It’s like the formal part was an afterthought. I think they forgot the cameras were there.”
Another added: “Interesting kisses before courtesy. I figured it’d be more formal first.”
However, others defended the royals, writing: “No the family always do it like that.
“I’ve noticed that from other members of the family in the past as well.”
While there are no rules as to how to greet the Queen, especially for her own family, the majority of people enjoyed seeing the rare moment of affection between the family.
Heart.co.uk also spoke to body lan gauge expert Judi James, who shared some insights into what Kate and the Queen’s greeting says about their relationship.
Judi explained: “Kate’s right hand touches the Queen’s shoulder gently in a gesture of fondness and as she kisses her grandmother-in-law on both cheeks the Queen seems to be chatting with her already, using eye contact and a wide smile as Kate drops a quick curtsey.”
She added: “The speediness of Kate’s approach and the way the Queen doesn’t pause for one beat before chatting to her suggests the pair are delighted to be in one another’s company again.”