Royal Masterclass: how to make a nod

06 Mar 2021Updated: 4 hours ago | 52 people are reading

Royal Masterclass: how to make a nod

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It is not necessarily, but still: it is a sign of respect for the royal of service, to go through the knees very lightly.

A reverence, better known as a nod (in English: 'curtsy' or 'bob'), is a form of greeting. It is not so much the person you bow down to, but more the institution it stands for.

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British ex-Prime Minister Theresa May Understand that well ...

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... although she goes a bit too far in this lunge for Prince William. © Offered by Beau Monde Royal Masterclass: how to make a nod

Only women do it, it is the female version of the bow. And the shorter and more subtle the better, most royals hate ostentatious benders. Margaret Thatcher and Queen Elizabeth were far from clicked, but not demonstrative bending was one of the few qualities the Queen could appreciate about The Iron Lady.

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Well, how do you make such a nod according to the rules? Debrett's, a society bible since 1769, says: 'From a standing position you put your weight on one foot (usually the left one). Move the ball of your other foot backwards, diagonally to the right of your standing leg. Back straight, keep eye contact. Bend the left leg slightly at the knee, keeping your torso straight. Then stand up straight again with your feet parallel to each other. "During the downward movement you can lean your head for a while, but it is not necessary. The whole nod takes only a few seconds, if your right leg is on the right then you can do it too The Duchesses of Cambridge and Cornwall do it flawlessly here, for the Queen.

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This one from Mette-Marit of Norway is what messy, as an amalgamation of a reverence, bow and handshake for the queen of Thailand, it is better to first finish the nod (respect) and only then the handshake (cordiality).

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But it is also a bit Mette-Marits style: here she is just crown princess, then meeting the International Royal Monument is also a thing.

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Citizens are allowed to nod or not wherever and whenever they want, although purists in no-nods immediately see a Republican revolutionary in you. Royals mutually hold rules after that make quantum physics seem like a breeze. In general, equals don't bow to each other, that's a pretty simple one. So monarchs do not bow to monarchs, and when Willem-Alexander and Máxima were still crown prince and crown princess, they did not bow to Guillaume and Stéphanie, crown prince and crown princess of Luxembourg. After April 2013 there was a difference in hierarchy and the crown princess showed respect for the queen in this case.

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Ditto with Crown Princess Mary of Denmark and Queen Máxima ...

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And with Letizia when she was still crown princess. Now that the gentlemen are both king and head of state, they no longer do that and only shake hands or hug each other, because it is all very cordial.

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Furthermore, someone who is lower in the aristo hierarchy nods for people who are higher. Princess Anne is one of the highest royals in England as Princess Royal and born princess. Still, she's going to bend her knees here (and not a little bit too) for Queen Rania of Jordan. She is not only younger than her, but also born a civilian girl: it can be wrong.

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Exceptions complicate things. The Duchess of Cambridge nods, of course, to King Philippe of Belgium, but also to born princesses Beatrice and Eugenie of York, unless she is in the company of husband Prince William and the Yorkies bow to her. Are you still there?

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The rule of the game is that you only nod when you see someone for the first time that day. This was clearly the first moment that Princess Beatrice of York (in pink on the right) saw her grandmother the Queen. As the left Autumn Phillips (the Queen's granddaughter) does, what is too deep and exaggerated ...

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... just like this attempt at respect from Sarah, Duchess of York.

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As a bride, Sarah liked to drag everything out of the moment ... © Offered by Beau Monde Royal Masterclass: how to make a nod

... and did it as a full-time royal - in a dangerous short skirt - in 1988. Left King Olav V of Norway, the father of the current King Harald.

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So there is some deflection for the Queen, this is one of the rare photos in which she nods herself, as crown princess for King Haakon of Norway (the grandfather of King Harald and the grandfather of current Crown Prince Haakon).

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Here you see that everyone except Prince Philip saw the Queen for the first time that day. Kate's nod is perfect, Meghan was still a royal fiancé in training here and dove a bit too deep, now she has completely mastered the straight nod. It is really a matter of practice, then such a short polite 'bob' goes by itself.

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