On Saturday, June 9th, 2018, the royal family (including new family member Meghan Markle) gathered for the Trooping the Colour event, an annual celebration marking the birthday of the reigning monarch, and where the family gathers at Buckingham Palace to watch a military parade. The event is how Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her birthday (which is actually April 21st), and like all events with the queen, curtsies are involved.
Each year at Trooping the Colour, the royal family appears on the balcony and waves. During this appearance, the women curtsy and the men bow to show their honor for the queen. Since this was Meghan’s first ever Trooping the Colour, she needed a quick reminder when it was time to bend the knee. Grown American women don’t really bow or curtsy, so we 100% love that the Duchess of Sussex was all like,
Myka Meier, founder and director of Beaumont Etiquette, told People.com that the royal curtsy is a subtle bend to show respect and is just another royal formality, like not wearing dark nail polish. The curtsy may seem a bit bizarre to non-royals, but it’s part of the tradition and Meghan seems to be embracing it. You may remember that the internet lost its mind when she ~debuted~ her curtsy alongside Kate Middleton at the royal family Christmas outing in December 2017.
As for Trooping the Colour, a fan account caught the curtsy on video and in it, you can see Meghan whisper “Do it?” to her husband, to which Prince Harry utters back a quick “Yes.”
We love their cute little aside, and tbh, if we married into the royal family, we’d be bending and standing at all the wrong times.