People.com Royals See Meghan Markle's Perfect Curtsy to the Queen (and How Much It's Improved Since Last Christmas!) Meghan Markle has mastered the art of the royal curtsy By Erin Hill Erin Hill Twitter Senior News Editor, PEOPLE People Editorial Guidelines Published on December 25, 2018 08:55 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Meghan Markle has mastered the art of the royal curtsy. It’s been exactly one year since Meghan showed off her very first public curtsy to the Queen alongside the royal family on Christmas Day. And now, she’s showing how much she’s learned since becoming an official royal earlier this year. Meghan, who debuted a less-than-perfect curtsy last year, confidently bowed her head, clasped her hands and lowered into the proper position as she curtsied to the Queen outside the Church of St. Mary Magdalene on Tuesday. Tim Rooke/REX/Shutterstock Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Join Prince William and Kate Middleton for Christmas Day Service Last year, Meghan had protocol pro Kate Middleton by her side to show her the ropes as she gave a demure smile and did a slight curtsy. On Tuesday morning, Meghan displayed a deep curtsy and bowed her head as she showed the time-honored sign of respect to the monarch. Chris Jackson/Getty Images Myka Meier, founder and director of Beaumont Etiquette, says that the curtsy should be subtle — a ballerina curtsy this is not — but the deeper and longer you pause shows more respect and formality. To curtsy, Meier instructs placing one leg behind the other (whichever one is more comfortable for you) and bowing your head slightly while bending your knees. Can’t get enough of PEOPLE’s Royals coverage? Sign up for our newsletter to get the latest updates on Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle and more! Queen Elizabeth. Tim Rooke/REX/Shutterstock PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty How Meghan Markle’s American ‘Say-It-As-You-See-It’ Approach Differs from Kate Middleton’s In addition to Queen Elizabeth, Meghan is expected to curtsy to Prince Philip, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla Duchess of Cornwall. She’ll also be bending and bowing for Prince William and Kate, due to his position in line for the throne.