Princess Kate (in Kate Spade!) Gets a Rare Public Curtsy—Find Out Why
Princess Kate stepped out in a pretty pink rose print Kate Spade dress for World Mental Health Day on Monday.
Kate in Kate!
Kate wowed in the elegant pleated chiffon dress, which retails for $498. The feminine rose print buttoned-up silk shirtdress by the New York-based design house is styled with a slender tie at the neckline. She accessorized the look with nude heels, matching L.K. Bennett clutch and, of course, her famous blowout!
“The Duchess embodies all of the qualities of the Kate Spade New York girl — she is quick, curious, playful and strong and she is an incredibly interesting woman, leading an incredibly interesting life. Being a Brit myself, this moment is particularly meaningful for me,” Deborah Lloyd, president and chief creative officer of Kate Spade New York, tells PEOPLE.
Upon arrival, the royal mom received a curtsy from one of the event’s participants. The woman shook Kate’s hand as she gave her a slight curtsy.
Kate may be a princess, but she doesn’t expect people to bow and curtsy, according to a royal source. Neither she nor William or Harry expect formalities — they’re happy with people being relaxed.
Buckingham Palace has provided a few guidelines when meeting a member of the royal family.
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Although there are no obligatory codes of behavior when meeting the Queen or a member of the royal family, many people wish to observe the traditional forms, according to the site.
“For men this is a neck bow (from the head only) whilst women do a small curtsy. Other people prefer simply to shake hands in the usual way.”
And royals themselves are sometimes spotted in the respectful pose.
Princess Kate was snapped giving a rare public curtsy to Queen Elizabeth in January.
Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty magazine, told PEOPLE the cause behind the curtsy is simple.
“It is rare, but it indicates that this was the first time that the Duchess saw the Queen,” he said. “It would normally happen in private. Although they came from Sandringham House, they obviously hadn’t seen each other before Kate and the Middletons and their friends set out on foot.”
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He adds, “It’s unusual to see it in public but not unique. That would have been the first communication between them on that day.”
There is a common misconception that women in the royal family curtsy to each other, Little adds: “The only woman the women in the family curtsy to in the royal family is the Queen.”