There are many royal traditions and protocols we’re all familiar with, but one particular rule that Prince George and Princess Charlotte have recently perfected has our hearts melting. The rule is straightforward enough: It is mandatory for royals to wave at members of the public during royal engagements.
This goes for all royals, even young George and Charlotte, who — let’s be honest — seem more than happy to partake. But perfecting the wave itself? Well, that’s another story. The gesture, known as the Windsor wave, is more understated than your regular run-of-the-mill wave. Speaking to British publication Express, royal butler Grant Harrold described the wave as “graceful, dignified, elegant.”
Prince William and Kate Middleton have clearly been teaching their kids well. Five-year-old George and three-year-old Charlotte appear to have nailed the wave. What’s more, the siblings both use their left hands when waving, just like their father. How cute!
According to Express, both George and Charlotte are left-handed, and William believes this means his children will be very smart, given the theory that left-handed people are associated with high intelligence. And like her children, Kate also learned the technique of the Windsor wave when she joined the royal family.
Meghan Markle is also reported to be undergoing lessons to perfect her wave. Harrold said the new duchess has come a long way since her engagement to Prince Harry. “When she greeted press photographers on the day the engagement was announced, Meghan’s wave was somewhat clam-like, with her fingers rapidly opening and closing against her palm,” he said. “However, the wave we saw on her wedding day is that more fitting of a royal. It was graceful, dignified, elegant, and similar to the wave we would expect of members of the royal family.”
Meghan’s recent public appearances, which included delivering a rousing speech at her charity cookbook launch without the aid of notes, promise that the duchess is more than capable of perfecting the gesture.
As for George and Charlotte, the two kiddos don’t really need to wave to make our hearts melt. The mini-royals have been known to send fans into frenzy with their adorable public displays. Most recently, the siblings were snapped at the wedding of a close family friend, Sophie Carter. George had a great time laughing and jumping, while Charlotte kept herself a little more composed. In fact, it looked like she was laughing at her big brother’s animated displays!
This article was originally written by Jess Pullar. For more, check out our sister site, Now to Love.