By Elisa Sanchez, EnStarz | Jun 25, 2012 03:07 PM EDT
Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, may one day become the Queen, but for now she will have to curtsy to "blood princesses" under an updated protocol of the royal family, U.K's Telegraph reports.
Queen Elizabeth reportedly updated the protocol recently. Middleton must curtsy to Princesses such as Beatrice and Eugenie, daughters of the Duke of York and Princesses Royal and Alexandra, when she is not accompanied by Prince William.
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"I think this story is a mare’s nest. I have watched the Duchess of Cambridge at many State occasions since her marriage, and the only people she has curtseyed to are the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, and to foreign royal sovereigns and their wives. Never, certainly, to the Duke of York’s daughters," a royal expert told the Daily Mail.
A document was reportedly been circulating privately in the Royal Family clarifying Kate's status as shown below, according to the Daily Mail:
The Queen; Prince Philip; Prince of Wales; Duchess of Cornwall; Prince William; Prince Harry; the Duke of York; the Duchess of Cambridge; the Earl of Wessex; the Countess of Wessex; the Princess Royal; the Duke of Gloucester; the Duchess of Gloucester; the Duke of Kent; the Duchess of Kent; Princess Alexandra.
“Updating the Order of Precedence has been a simple matter of following the precedent set when the Prince of Wales married Camilla Parker Bowles,” a courtier told the Telegraph.
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