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Old 03-29-2015, 02:32 AM
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Crown Princess Mary's curtsy's are similar to Diana's low curtsy's. As if one knee rests on the ground.

Wow, I can't even curtsy that low!


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Old 03-29-2015, 02:34 AM
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CP Mary curtsies very gracefully and naturally, which unfortunately is not the case for many of the new wave of non-aristocratic born Royal women.
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Old 03-29-2015, 02:47 AM
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CP Mary curtsies very gracefully and naturally, which unfortunately is not the case for many of the new wave of non-aristocratic born Royal women.

Everyone do it differently. It really have nothing to do with your class. Not even the then, Princess Elizabeth, delivered very low curtsy's. Diana dipped low, but the royals today just bob up and down. I don't think The Queen is fond of low dips much.
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Old 03-29-2015, 02:50 AM
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Everyone do it differently. It really have nothing to do with your class. Not even the then, Princess Elizabeth, delivered very low curtsy's. Diana dipped low, but the royals today just bob up and down.
Mary's curtsey looks much lower than it really is in photos. The videos show that she just bobs down nicely but quickly.
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Old 03-29-2015, 03:32 AM
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Everyone do it differently. It really have nothing to do with your class. Not even the then, Princess Elizabeth, delivered very low curtsy's. Diana dipped low, but the royals today just bob up and down. I don't think The Queen is fond of low dips much.
So much mention of Diana's curtsy had me searching. I found this video. At just beyond 1:30 Diana curtsies to the Emperor and Empress. It does not look particularly 'deep' to me, as in 'to the floor'. Mary's looked deeper to me. But I do not intend for this to be a situation of 'dueling curtsies'.

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Old 03-29-2015, 03:41 AM
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Everyone do it differently. It really have nothing to do with your class. Not even the then, Princess Elizabeth, delivered very low curtsy's. Diana dipped low, but the royals today just bob up and down. I don't think The Queen is fond of low dips much.
For me it's not so much about how low the dip is. It's about the ability to execute a fluid, graceful move with feet and knees positioned a certain way. It should not be too exaggerated, it should not be just a quick bend of the knee. The classic court curtsy also includes a respectful bow of the head.


Diana's curtsy to QEII at the conclusion of her wedding ceremony is a perfect example of a perfect curtsy imo.
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Old 03-29-2015, 05:03 AM
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Here is Prince Nikolaos and Queen Anne-Marie, and Prince Albert bowing during Queen Juliana's funeral. It looks like Queen Silvia is doing the same thing here, but I'm not sure.
They are not bowing to Queen Juliana, they are greeting the regimental standard of the guards outside the venue. This is standard practice in the Netherlands: a regimental standard bows down as a sign of greeting towards royals. The royals respond to this honour.

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The regimental standard of the Marines' Corps of the Royal Netherlands Navy is bowed down. The Queen and Princess Máxima respond this honour. The Prince of Orange -in military tenue- salutes.

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The regimental standard of the Marines' Corps of the Royal Netherlands Navy is bowed down. The King and Queen respond this honour. The King is in civil wear and therefore also bows (instead of saluting when in uniform).
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Old 03-29-2015, 11:06 AM
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Diana had lovely curtseys...that ballet training shows.



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To curtsey, a woman should briefly bend the knees with one foot forward. The move should create a distinct bobbing movement, with the upper body kept straight and should be repeated when the member of the Royal family leaves.

For men, greeting a Royal requires the same deference, but less movement, she said.

"A bow should be made by bending from the neck or shoulders but not the waist," Mrs Bryant said.
Debretts advice on how to bow and curtsey correctly - Telegraph
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Old 03-29-2015, 11:21 AM
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So much mention of Diana's curtsy had me searching. I found this video. At just beyond 1:30 Diana curtsies to the Emperor and Empress. It does not look particularly 'deep' to me, as in 'to the floor'. Mary's looked deeper to me. But I do not intend for this to be a situation of 'dueling curtsies'.

Princess Diana in Japan, 1995

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That video put a lump in my throat. Diana's curtsies were perfect, as was her interaction with the adorable little Japanese girl...very natural and no awkwardness whatsoever.

Gosh, I miss her!
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Old 03-29-2015, 12:31 PM
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Other examples of Diana's curtsy's:
https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com...97353c130a.jpg

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com...bee69f06d8.jpg

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com...159e040fe6.jpg

It's just down to how you want to execute the curtsy personally.
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Old 03-29-2015, 01:47 PM
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I think the person of lesser value is supposed to have their head lower than the higher ranking person. Diana is tall and the Japanese are short so she had to make a lower curtsy.
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Old 03-29-2015, 02:00 PM
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That video put a lump in my throat. Diana's curtsies were perfect, as was her interaction with the adorable little Japanese girl...very natural and no awkwardness whatsoever.

Gosh, I miss her !
Keep in mind, Moonmaiden, that my mother had to deal with me as an adolescent regarding Diana. Not to be wished on anyone. I see something very different, because I cannot 'un-see' my initial 'seeing' of Diana. That long-legged sprint to the Imperial couple is so 'Look at me!'. I see Diana jabbering away far too much, so much so that the Empress has to intervene and do an 'enforced' silence on Diana. Watch Diana's reaction to being 'silenced'.

I know, I know, the unforgiving nature of the adolescent! I will say no more. My mother despaired of me.

I am able now to see the lovely woman making every effort to be charming, albeit a bit ott even as it was most of the time, especially as it got nearer the end of her life. What had once been natural seemed to become manic in quality. So it is how differently we see things.

I really need to stay clear of all things Diana. While I feel I am more well-mannered now about her, some habits die hard. It's hard to 'un-see' what I see. However, yes, a great curtsy!
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Old 03-29-2015, 02:20 PM
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Keep in mind, Moonmaiden, that my mother had to deal with me as an adolescent regarding Diana. Not to be wished on anyone. I see something very different, because I cannot 'un-see' my initial 'seeing' of Diana. That long-legged sprint to the Imperial couple is so 'Look at me!'. I see Diana jabbering away far too much, so much so that the Empress has to intervene and do an 'enforced' silence on Diana. Watch Diana's reaction to being 'silenced'.

I know, I know, the unforgiving nature of the adolescent! I will say no more. My mother despaired of me.

I am able now to see the lovely woman making every effort to be charming, albeit a bit ott even as it was most of the time, especially as it got nearer the end of her life. What had once been natural seemed to become manic in quality. So it is how differently we see things.

I really need to stay clear of all things Diana. While I feel I am more well-mannered now about her, some habits die hard. It's hard to 'un-see' what I see. However, yes, a great curtsy!
Don't know what you're talking about, but yes, it was a great curtsy.
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Old 03-29-2015, 03:26 PM
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Keep in mind, Moonmaiden, that my mother had to deal with me as an adolescent regarding Diana. Not to be wished on anyone. I see something very different, because I cannot 'un-see' my initial 'seeing' of Diana. That long-legged sprint to the Imperial couple is so 'Look at me!'. I see Diana jabbering away far too much, so much so that the Empress has to intervene and do an 'enforced' silence on Diana. Watch Diana's reaction to being 'silenced'.

I know, I know, the unforgiving nature of the adolescent! I will say no more. My mother despaired of me.

I am able now to see the lovely woman making every effort to be charming, albeit a bit ott even as it was most of the time, especially as it got nearer the end of her life. What had once been natural seemed to become manic in quality. So it is how differently we see things.

I really need to stay clear of all things Diana. While I feel I am more well-mannered now about her, some habits die hard. It's hard to 'un-see' what I see. However, yes, a great curtsy!

Lady N., Diana was 5'10 1/2, the same height as me. I can attest that when one has legs that comprise more than half their body length it's impossible NOT to take long, athletic strides...my friends don't like to take walks with me for that very reason. It's just not possible or graceful to take small mincing steps when you are so tall. Others have to trot to keep up.

Watch any video of Diana exiting a car to approach people.

She approached everyone with that long, athletic stride of hers..it was one of her trademarks.
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Old 03-30-2015, 12:02 PM
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Lady N., Diana was 5'10 1/2, the same height as me. I can attest that when one has legs that comprise more than half their body length it's impossible NOT to take long, athletic strides...my friends don't like to take walks with me for that very reason. It's just not possible or graceful to take small mincing steps when you are so tall. Others have to trot to keep up.

Watch any video of Diana exiting a car to approach people.

She approached everyone with that long, athletic stride of hers..it was one of her trademarks.
I agree, Diana had that really long and elegant stride and it showed a lot, even when she first hit the royal spotlight.
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Haakon and Mette Marit at their wedding day:

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A curtsey is a sign of respect; in the royal world, it is usually reserved for someone of higher rank than yourself. Queen Mother only performed a curtsey once to her daughter and that was at the coronation; queen Mother gave a gesture to recognize gnat her daughter was the sovereign though both queens. From that moment on, it was never required nor expected of her to do so.
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Do the royal and ruling families of the Middle east curtsey or bow to one other?? I haven't never seen any them do it to one other. I have seen Queen Rania curtsey to British royals and Princess Diana curtsey to Saudi royals. Is it something they only do when around European Royals??
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Princess Madeleine of Sweden curtseys (?) to the Pope today.

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