Kate Middleton was photographed twirling her hair at a Remembrance Day memorial, and the Internet had a love/hate reaction

By Alex Heigl
Updated November 12, 2013 11:20 AM
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Remembrance Day is observed in Britain on the Sunday closest to Armistice Day. Traditionally, the royal family lays a wreath, there’s a moment of silence, and a parade takes place. This Remembrance Sunday, however, Kate Middleton happened to twirl her hair while at a ceremony in London, and it was a big deal.

According to the Internet, there are are but two angles regarding this story/photo op:

1. Outrage that Middleton should be photographed absentmindedly smiling and twirling her hair at such an ostensibly sober event; or…

2. OH MY GOSH ISN’T SHE THE CUTEST THING EVER.

If you subscribe to the first point of view, here are a few more unsavory things to which one might compare the audacity of Kate Middleton twirling her hair at a public memorial:

1. Holding a piece of candy just out of reach of a small child.
2. Tickling someone who really hates to be tickled.
3. Drivers turning without using their turn signals.
4. Getting out of bed and putting your feet on a hardwood floor in the middle of winter.
5. A dine-and-dash at Denny’s.

If you subscribe to the second point of view, here are a few other things that are nearly as adorable as Kate Middleton sort-of grinning to herself while twirling one of her chestnut ringlets:

  • 1. This #1 Google Images search result for “cutest kitten ever.”
  • 2. A dandelion borne aloft on a light May breeze.
  • 3. This otter‘s happy dance.
  • 4. This French Bulldog puppy who’s having just the hardest time getting up.
  • 5. NOTHING.

And Vanity Fair was kind enough to animate the Great Kate Middleton Hair Twirl, just because. Enjoy your outrage and/or satisfaction.