Prince William and Kate Middleton’s kids have a lot to learn — more than most British children. In the years to come, the youngest members of the royal family will have a little more leeway when it comes to tradition — at least until they’re older.
Still, there are some rules that can’t be broken, even as a tiny prince or princess. Here are a few you probably didn’t know about.
They always eat everything fresh
No packaged potato chips or candy bars for these royals! Prince George and Princess Charlotte eat mostly organic foods (as will Prince Louis, when he’s old enough) — even vegetables, though they’re probably never too happy about those (is any kid?). Princes William and Harry used to eat pureed organic foods when they were small. It must be a royal family tradition.
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They must wave the Windsor wave
When in public, it’s customary for any royal to wave — but not just any wave. Every royal has to learn the classic Windsor wave — even Meghan Markle had to master it when she officially joined the family. Princess Charlotte has become quite proficient at waving as she grows up before our eyes.
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They have to speak like royalty
The royal family speaks modern British English, as you’d expect — but with a few royal exceptions. Asking someone to repeat themselves, they might say, “What?” instead of, “Pardon?” In royal households, it’s a lavatory, not a toilet. You don’t sit down to tea, but supper instead.
Next: They can’t just speak like royals — they have to dress like them, too.
They need to dress the part
It’s possible to give traditional fashion a place in modern Britain — the duchess proved that when she started dressing her toddlers. You won’t see little George in a T-shirt or Charlotte in jeans. They dress with class, as they should.
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They have special table manners
It’s a long-standing rule that, while dining in the presence of the queen, everyone at the table must stop eating when she does. They have to learn to clean their plates — vegetables lamentably included — before Elizabeth is finished with her dinner.
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They have to sit up straight
Slouching is absolutely out of the question for George and Charlotte — and, technically, their parents, too. Royals learn proper posture at a very young age, both standing and sitting down. No matter how tempting it may be, they have to learn to keep their hands out of their pockets. And once Louis can sit up, he’ll have to do the same.
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They can’t open presents on Christmas
Is this a child’s worst nightmare? It’s more like a Christmas Eve miracle. Traditionally, the family spends the Christmas holiday together, and opens their gifts on Christmas Eve instead of on Christmas Day. They get their presents early, before spending all of Christmas in church and watching the queen speak.
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