Watching Princess Charlotte give her perfected little Windsor wave leaves many of us normal moms in absolute awe as to how her parents pulled that off. Here most moms are, fumbling around looking for lost socks, and dealing with public tantrums on the cereal aisle, and the three-year-old Princess has great posture, always looks well put-together, and can wave like a royal lady.
The Royal family leads an interesting and seemingly lavish life. It's almost whimsical, really! Watching them is like watching something straight out of a fairy tale. We're sure there are no fear tactics involved either. There's just something about the environment the royal children are raised in.
Okay, and a little bribery. The parents of the Princes and Princes have been known to make promises of sweets and television time for behaving while out and about. Hey, if it works, it works!
The Royal children also have some strict and downright strange rules in place to raise them up like the little leaders they are. They're taught from a young age that appearances, poise, and graciousness are of the utmost importance. They're tutored by political advisors, and they're fed nothing but the best. They're definitely something to see. Let's take a look at 15 things Royals aren't allowed to do with their kids.
15 No Slouching
Very rarely will you see a royal child slouching, even at a young age. They're taught early on of the importance of maintaining proper postures. The royal kids are told to stand with their feet shoulder width apart, keep their spine straight, and their chin lifted, parallel with the ground. Their hands are absolutely never allowed in their pockets, as this is too casual for the appearance they need to give off. The royal kids' feet also need to be completely flat on the floor, with their knees slightly bent. No tip-toeing around for these children.
Posture is just as important while sitting. They need to sit with their back completely straight, and their feet either planted firmly on the ground. The little ladies should sit with their knees together with their legs crossed at their ankles. Should the Queen enter the room, the little boys bow their heads, and the ladies do a small curtsy.
Sounds specific, doesn't it? That's because it is. The children have this instilled in them from a young age, both through formal etiquette training, as well as everyday guidance from their parents. You probably thought you had it hard, and you're probably only expected to pull out the big moves for fancy events and Christmas dinners. For the royal kids, this is everyday life!
14 No Eating Pre-Packaged Food
Darren McGrady, famously known as 'The Royal Chef' served the royal family for fifteen years before moving to Texas. He recalls steaming fresh, organic vegetables and fruits, then pureeing them for the baby princes.
In 2013, the former chef for Queen Elizabeth, Princess Diana, Prince William, and Prince Harry interviewed told TODAY,
"I’ve certainly never seen packaged food with any of the royal babies... Why would they buy packaged food when the queen has 20 personal chefs?"
“As they got older, you’d have one chef in the kitchen doing the chicken, one doing the veg, and then it would all be blended together; it was a major operation cooking for them."
The Duchess of Cambridge was given a box of organic baby food by the company, Plum. Of course, she accepted the gift, knowing full well that she'd never use it on her child. Why would she? Nothing less than the best for the royal babies! Plum is a good brand compared to most, but it's almost an insult to think that royalty would feed their babies food from a jar when they have a crew of chefs on hand at all times.
13 No Gifts On Christmas Day
No, no. Don't worry! The kids of the Royal family still open a ton of Christmas gifts from their family and friends. They just do it on Christmas Eve instead. They don't open a single gift of Christmas day.
According to Reader's Digest, "On Christmas day, the royal family gathers together for morning service at St. Mary Magdalene in Sandringham, a tradition dating back to the 16th century. Because of this, there’s no time for Prince George and Princess Charlotte to open presents on Christmas morning."
The royal family instead follows the tradition of opening their presents at teatime on Christmas Eve. This is a practice with German Roots. According to the royal family's website, children in Germany open their presents at nightfall, after their parents signal them to gather around the Christmas tree using bells. How quaint!
Lucky for the young Princes and Princesses, they have to wait one day less than most children to tear into their gifts from Santa and their family members. Maybe this isn't such a bad idea, though the bell might be a bit much if you live in a house with only one living room. Still, nothing says class like ringing bells and gathering around to carefully open presents at tea time.
12 No Skipping Out On Royal Duties
There's a ton of responsibility that falls on the royal children's shoulders. It may sound as if there's little time for playing, but that's not true either. They're expected to hold themselves with pride and grace, and to study hard for the roles they'll hold later in life, but there's plenty of time for them to simply be kids. In fact, their parents highly encourage that, especially the Duchess of Cambridge. She wants her kids to grow up with as normal as a life as possible. Let's be honest though - those kids will never lead "normal" lives. But the effort is still nice.
It's expected that Prince George will serve in the military, and all of the children are tutored by political, economic, and diplomatic advisors.
Independent.co.uk claims, "Throughout history, the royals have been home-educated by private tutors and governors rather than being submerged in the public domain... The newly born son, who is fifth in line to the throne, is likely to attend elite private schools and may even follow in his father Prince William’s footsteps and go to St Andrews University."
During their younger years, however, their duties are more than manageable, with the main expectation being that they join the Queen for tea time every Thursday afternoon.
11 No Potatoes, Rice, Pasta Or Garlic
It seems most carbs are a no-go in Buckingham Palace. Maybe that's why they're all so thin and healthy? Reportedly the Queen hates garlic, which is why you'll never see a dish with even a hint of garlic in Buckingham Palace.
According to the former royal chef, Darren McGrady, the Queen isn't picky, she just knows what she likes.
Pasta, potatoes, and rice are reserved for special occasions and family dinners only, which is just as well considering how unhealthy they are. It seems the royal family is well versed in food moderation. McGrady claims that on a typical night, the Queen will eat grilled chicken or fish with vegetables, and that's it.
Shellfish is never allowed for anyone in the royal family. Rumor has it that they've slipped up on this from time to time, but generally speaking, it's not allowed at all. Food poisoning is common in shellfish, and the members of the royal family prefer to limit the possibility of getting sick or worse. The kids may never eat shrimp, but they certainly won't be complaining with all the gourmet meals they eat. Shellfish, garlic, and limited carbs probably doesn't bother them much at all! Besides, the parents of royal kids have been known to break away and sneak off for fast food from time to time.
10 No Eating After The Queen Is Done
This rule applies to everyone eating in the Queen's presence, so while it's not technically a rule for the children, they still must adhere to it. As soon as the Queen finishes her meal, everyone must put their utensils down out of respect for her time and schedule. If it's a huge formal dinner, the Queen has a cue for everyone.
If she places her purse on top of the table, the dinner must end within five minutes. I suppose that gives everyone time to scarf their meal down. Well, not exactly. Table manners are incredibly important to the royal family, of course.
The placement of utensils is a form of communication for them. Culture Cheat Sheet claims, "Exiting the room during dinner is acceptable. However, the royal family must place their utensils in a specific manner to signal they aren’t finished eating yet. Crossing their utensils ensures their plates go untouched by staff, while placing their knife and fork at an angle with the handles on the bottom right of the plate give staff the go-ahead to clear their plates."
There are also specific ways the royals are expected to hold their teacups and utensils. The forks must always be held in the left hand, with the tines facing down. Instead of stabbing the food, they use their other utensil to push food onto the top of the backside of the fork, then gently placing it in their mouth. So many rules!
9 No Using Words Like "Perfume," "Pardon," Or "Toilet"
The Royal children are taught to avoid some very specific, often strangely random words. It's not just because of cultural differences, either. It's also about being prim and proper! For instance, you'll never hear anyone in the royal family say the word "toilet". Instead, they'll opt for "loo". Instead of saying "perfume," they'll say "scent," as in "I like your scent". A little creepy? Possibly. Strange? Definitely. That one doesn't make much sense to me to be honest.
Don't ever invite a royal family member over for "tea". No no, you must refer to teatime as "supper" or "dinner".
Again, strange to many of us on the Western side, but apparently the family members will look at you like you're crazy. Which meal are you referring to?
The royal family can't refer to the living room as such, nor can they call it a "lounge". Instead, they retire to the "drawing room," or "sitting room". You'll also never hear the word, "posh" slip through the lips of a royal. They want to give off the air of being well-put together and intelligent, but they don't like this word because they feel it's pretentious. Funny, right? Of all the things to think is preconscious, the word "posh" makes the list.
8 No Playing With Electronic Toys
The royal children are encouraged to explore the world around them through play, it just can't involve electronic toys or devices. No iPads or video games for the Princes and Princesses!
This practice is still fairly common, though it's declining in recent years, as technology becomes more and more a part of everyday life. The royal family regards technology and devices as "adult" items, not to be touched by little hands. Instead, they're encouraged to play with good old-fashioned wooden toys, rocking horses, and such.
The lower-tech the toy, the better for the royal kids. They aren't subjected to rag dolls made out of scratchy cloth, and exclusively Montessori-style toys. But the parents try to push those as much as they can.
A source told US Weekly, “[iPads are] very much seen as Mummy and Daddy’s toys, not for children. As two people who grew up without gadgets for entertainment themselves, William and Kate are firm believers in toys, outdoor play and encouraging an active imagination.”
According to CNN, playing on iPads has been linked to delays in speech development, so if there's one rule that makes total sense for the royal kids, it's this one. We're backing you up, Kate Middleton!
7 No Traveling For The Holidays
The Christmas celebrations don't take place at Buckingham Palace. Instead, the royal family retreats to Sandringham House in Norfolk, about 100 miles north of London. None of the royal family members are supposed to travel anywhere else, it's just their tradition.
Helen Walch, Sandringham Estate's public enterprises' manager told the Telegraph, "Unlike all the other residences except apart from Balmoral, Sandringham is owned by the Queen privately, it's her own private home. Unlike say Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle, which are official residences of the monarch, this is her quiet country retreat.” The Queen reportedly arrives a week early to prepare for the festivities, though what she does exactly is unclear. Surely she has plenty of help.
Kate Middleton wasn't exactly down for this rule from the beginning, but she waited a few years before breaking it. Once Prince George arrived, she broke away from this tradition and took her family to stay with her parents and siblings for Christmas. As you know, Kate strives to give her children as "normal" of a childhood as she can, so this was one of her ways of doing so. As you can imagine, the Queen was not too pleased with this development!
6 No Casual Outfits
Surprise, surprise, the kids of the royal family are expected to dress a certain way. The classic buckled shoe has been around for as long as we can remember, and though it's typically worn by girls nowadays, it looks absolutely adorable on the royal boys!
Some of the royal kids' favorite brands include Amaia Kids, Rachel Riley, Doña Carmen, and Les Petites Abeilles.
The way they dress could be mistaken for another time completely, if not for the high-quality photos. They have to uphold a certain social standing and what better way than to dress fashionably? Very rarely will you catch a royal child wearing anything casual, because it's simply not allowed. The boys never wear pants either, only adorable tailored shorts.
The trousers or shorts that young boys wear is a marker of their social standing. Trousers are viewed as "suburban," which apparently the royals would never want to be associated with, whereas shorts are seen as a very "English" thing to wear. Well, whatever works for them I suppose! Though they get a lot of guff online about their fashion choices, I for one think they're adorable!
5 No Turning Down Gifts
The royals are not allowed to turn down gifts, no matter how strange or off-putting. It shows grace and humility, and they feel strongly about it. However, when a gift is accepted, it technically belongs to the Crown, meaning the ultimately the Queen gets final say over what happens to gift. We're sure she lets the kids keep most of their gifts though.
As you would imagine, this can be a difficult thing to teach your young child to do. No matter how awful the gift, they have to put on a smile and accept it. This has led to a few strange gift-giving incidents, including a time Prince Andrew received a live alligator as a present. Thankfully it was quickly re-homed to a London Zoo, where it belonged.
Each of the royal children receives hundreds of gifts each year.
The only exception to this rule is when a gift is given of a commercial nature, such as the case where Meghan and Prince Harry were forced to decline free pizza for life from Pizza Hut.
We're sure it was a huge bummer for the newlyweds, since they're such big foodies. As for the kids, there have been few incidents of gifts being rejected.
4 No Sloppy Waving
Ah, the famous Windsor Wave. The little ones in the family are expected to learn how to wave gracefully, like the royalty they are. Of course, the first few years of their life is a little rough. Seriously, work on your form, Princess Charlotte.
Just kidding, Charlotte has the wave absolutely perfected, of course! The charismatic, firecracker of a girl loves any chance she can get to make those around her melt at her sheer cuteness.
All jokes aside, it's just about the cutest thing you'll ever see. Even at a young age, the royals get their wave down on lock. It's pretty impressive! According to The Atlantic, the kids learn the wave before they're even out of diapers. Talk about impressive!
ABC News' Royal Expert, Victoria Arbiter claims, "That particular style of wave is pretty much restricted to members of the royal family. It denotes class, elegance, restraint and character... The British don't like to make a fuss, and I suppose the royal wave illustrates that beautifully."
In 2015, the world was "ooo-ing" and "ahh-ing" over Prince George's perfectly mastered Windsor wave as his father brought him into the hospital to meet his newest family member. Dozens of articles were written about it, and we're sure that won't stop for generations to come. The wave is a big deal, folks.
3 No Traveling Together
This has always been British protocol. No two direct heirs are permitted to travel by plane together. It seems Kate Middleton and Prince William are famous for breaking the rules though, because both Prince William and his son, Prince George flew together on a trip to Australia when he was nine months old. Even the Queen is relaxing a bit on the strict rule, as it was put into place during a time when it was much more dangerous to board planes. You know, back when they first came out. Now that they're much safer, she's not such a stickler about it.
Once he turns twelve years old, however, there will be no exceptions made for traveling by plane together, on the off-chance the plane wrecks. I would imagine that's extremely difficult to explain to the royal kids, but rules are rules, and I suppose they are in place for a reason. This is why the kids are typically left home while their parents travel to attend to their royal duties.
The only other time this rule has been broken was when Princess Diana passed, and Charles, Henry, and William flew together to go back home from a skiing trip. Absolutely devastating.
2 No Nicknames
This rule only technically applies when the royal family is public, and apparently, for Prince Harry. Behind closed doors, they have plenty of sweet nicknames for each other, but you shouldn't dare call them by their pet names.
Their tradition holds that they only refer to each other by their full name while out and about. This may even include their title.
At events, you'll never hear Prince William refer to his wife as Kate; instead he calls her Catherine.
Prince Harry gets away with it because he's been called "Harry" his entire life. According to Little Things, "the reason he goes by the nickname is that his family always intended to call him Harry...Harry has long been a common nickname over in England for guys named Henry. It dates back centuries to the French presence and the adaptation of “Henri” with their British accents making it sound more like 'Harry.'"
Queen Elizabeth was often referred to as, "Lilibet" as a college student, and Prince William went by "Steve" in order to attend classes without being hounded by journalists constantly. So, while it's clear the royals have been known to have nicknames, they're only for special circumstances and family.
1 No Monopoly
The funniest and most relatable rule in place for the royal kids is their ban on the classic game, Monopoly. During a public event for the Leeds Building Society, Prince Andrew was gifted a personalized box set complete with their property features, and of course, he graciously accepted the gift. But he also admitted that they're not allowed to play it, and according to Telegraph he said, “It gets too vicious.”
Alright, this isn't technically written in the books, but it's still something they follow nonetheless. We'll never know what went down behind closed doors that caused the family to ban the game, but it's certainly fun to speculate. Could things really have gotten that heated? Anyone that's ever played a serious game of Monopoly will tell you - yes.
Yes, it very well could have gotten ugly. An overturned board, bickering, heated debates, maybe even some name calling. It's all within the realm of possibility when it comes to Monopoly. Perhaps it is a good thing that the game is banned in their royal circle, especially given all the other rules they need to abide by in an effort to make themselves look like the picture-perfect family -- wouldn't want them to start a war!