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Old 10-09-2012, 05:02 PM
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Don't you mean royal Heads of State, as there are only two crowned Heads of State today as far as I know, queen Elizabeth and king Bhumibol of Thailand.
+ the Kings of Tonga, although the new monarch has yet to be formally crowned.
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:12 PM
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Here is a video of Camilla curtsying to kings and queens and to Crown Princess Margarita of Romania(I guess it was an automatism as almost every king came with his queen and not his daughter).
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ROYAL: Prince Charles and Camilla welcome guests a | Archive Footage | ITN Source

That's interesting - the double kiss and then she held onto their arms as she curtsied.
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:26 PM
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Curtsey or not - that's a lovely smile she gave to the DOC (or to the DOC's group)
It was a lovely smile, wasn't it! It did look like a curtsey, but Anne seemed to have been speaking to Camilla for a few moments before that bob so the timing seems wrong. Unless she did it for a joke, as in, 'I'll bob and they'll all think I'm curtseying to you; that will have them buzzing for years'. That could account for the smile, too. I've been trying to think what else she might have been doing if not curtseying, and so far I've drawn a blank.

I confess that first time through I missed the moment completely because I was sidetracked watching a man I think was the Duke of Devonshire moving in front of Anne and speaking to HM. I've been watching that series about Chatsworth otherwise I wouldn't have recognised him.
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:43 PM
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Baroness Thyssen-Bornemisza curtseying to Infanta Pilar of Spain yesterday in Madrid.

Spanish Royals Attend Museum Thyssen Bornemisza 20th Anniversary - Pictures - Zimbio
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Old 10-09-2012, 07:12 PM
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You can see princess Christina of Sweden in the old Swedish court dress make a very deep curtsey to her brother king Carl Gustav in this film from the opening of the Swedish parliament in 1974, she almost disappears behind the barrier of the balcony: Riksdagens högtidliga öppnande 1974 | SVT Play The curtsey is at 35,45 minutes into the clip.
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Old 10-09-2012, 07:13 PM
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What about Princess Anne? I've seen her "curtsy before her mother, Her Majesty the Queen" in videos of both her wedding and Alexandra's; to the King and Queen of Norway (each on separate occasions), to Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands (although shielded by Diana), and in a video of Ascot. Are there any other occasions which I'm not aware of?
Fine, the one at Ascot is hardly a curtsy, even from Anne. (I don't mean to be rude or anything!:))But my question still stands: Are there any other pictures or videos out there of Anne curtsying, besides what I've described? Here are the pictures of her curtsying to Harald and Sonja that I mentioned.

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Old 10-09-2012, 07:56 PM
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You can see princess Christina of Sweden in the old Swedish court dress make a very deep curtsey to her brother king Carl Gustav in this film from the opening of the Swedish parliament in 1974, she almost disappears behind the barrier of the balcony: Riksdagens högtidliga öppnande 1974 | SVT Play The curtsey is at 35,45 minutes into the clip.
Thanks for posting this video. I do wish the Swedish Parliament was still Opened in this way. It's seem so elegant than it is today. Princess Christina looked beautiful and that was a very elegant curtsey.
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Old 10-09-2012, 08:42 PM
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It was a lovely smile, wasn't it! It did look like a curtsey, but Anne seemed to have been speaking to Camilla for a few moments before that bob so the timing seems wrong. Unless she did it for a joke, as in, 'I'll bob and they'll all think I'm curtseying to you; that will have them buzzing for years'. That could account for the smile, too. I've been trying to think what else she might have been doing if not curtseying, and so far I've drawn a blank.
Tnx Roslyn - I thought the same thing - that it was prompted by some snarky press piece about who should curtsey to whom and they made it into a laugh. LOL
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Old 10-09-2012, 08:50 PM
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Here in this video you can see during the State Visit of King Faisal of Saudi Arabia in 1967, you will see the Duchesses of Gloucester & Kent and Princess Marina curtsey to The King:

KING FAISAL ARRIVES - British Pathé
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:54 PM
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The only curtsey I recall Anne doing was to her mother after her wedding to Mark Phillips.
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:19 PM
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The only curtsey I recall Anne doing was to her mother after her wedding to Mark Phillips.
I loved that one! Very deep and she kept her distance, not like Kate who literally was right in front of the Queen. Anne also held her curtsy for a moment with her head bowed. Kate's was too quick and shallow and she didn't bow her head.

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Old 10-09-2012, 11:54 PM
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With all due respect though, I think we expect Anne to have a deeper, more old school curtsey than Catherine. She was brought up with it in a time when it was seemingly regarded as more important than it is today. Catherine's curtsey was fine.

I like the story of when Zara received her MBE; she helped the other women at the investiture with their curtseys as she obviously knew how to do one properly.
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:58 PM
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With all due respect though, I think we expect Anne to have a deeper, more old school curtsey than Catherine. She was brought up with it in a time when it was seemingly regarded as more important than it is today. Catherine's curtsey was fine.

I like the story of when Zara received her MBE; she helped the other women at the investiture with their curtseys as she obviously knew how to do one properly.
Oh wow, I hadn't heard that but that is a great story.
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Old 10-10-2012, 12:08 AM
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Anne is the third-oldest woman in the immediate royal family (not counting cousins, etc.) after her mother and the Duchess of Cornwall. At 62, I'll bet she still curtsies really well for someone her age (she was taught by her nanny when she was around two years old). Camilla, on the other hand, is three years older and has a family history of osteoporosis, so she should be careful with those knees.
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Old 10-10-2012, 12:56 AM
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I think the Duchess of Cambridge's curtsey to Her Majesty is just fine, as you can see here in this first clip.
ROYAL: Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Tour: Notti | Archive Footage | ITN Source

The nice thing is that you can do it the way you like. Some people give deep/old school curtseys and some give quick and clean bend of the knees.
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Old 10-10-2012, 07:29 AM
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Here in this video you can see during the State Visit of King Faisal of Saudi Arabia in 1967, you will see the Duchesses of Gloucester & Kent and Princess Marina curtsey to The King:

KING FAISAL ARRIVES - British Pathé
Ya I have seen that and even metioned it in one of the previous pages..I feel they are a sort of "perfect" curtsies of modern age..Bending knee exactly halfway with a straight back and neck....Not too shallow like Camilla and not too deep like Anne/Diana
I always rate the past Duchesses of Kent and Gloucester far more authentic reg. royal protocal..as they were groomed by the canny Queen Mary..abd they were a bridge between the Edwardian and New Elizabethan Age
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Old 10-10-2012, 07:33 AM
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Expecting a woman in her sixties, with a family history of osteoporosis, to curtsey deeply in high heels is totally unrealistic. My mother's about to turn 60 and I know if she tried a low curtsey, there's no guarantee that she'd be able to get up again without assistance. She'd be more likely to end up on her rear end with her legs in the air.

It's the sentiment that counts with a curtsey, not the depth.
When Elizabeth became Queen, Queen Mary, who was in her 80's and had arthritis, gave her a rather deep curtsy before telling her "Your skirt is too short for mourning."
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I could be mistaken, but wasn't one of the purposes of a curtsey to "lower" yourself in respect - i.e. make your head lower than the higher ranking royal's? If that is the case, then Diana's deep curtseys make sense, since she was so tall. Just wondering...
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Old 10-11-2012, 07:56 PM
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I think the royals curtseys and bows are up to their own personal unique taste and style. They are allowed to do it the way they like.
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The manager of an art gallery greets Jenni Haukio, the wife of the president of Finland, when she and queen Sonja arrived to the gallery during the finnish state visit.
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