By Lauren Hughes published
Some of the great and good of European royalty gathered in Windsor on Monday for a lavish Order of the Garter Ceremony.
Queen Elizabeth II was joined by King Felipe of Spain, alongside his wife Queen Letizia, and King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, who was accompanied by his wife Queen Maxima.
The ceremony was filled with pomp and splendour, as the Queen honoured the foreign royals with the special distinction reserved for royalty abroad.
The event was followed by hundreds of people lining the streets of Windsor as well as royalty fans around the world, who were quick to spot that Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, who was in attendance, did not curtsey to Queen Letizia when they met on the Galilee Porch.
However, Hello magazine reports that this was because this was not the first time the two women had met in the day, as they had previously encountered each other at the Castle before getting into their cars and heading over to the Galilee porch.
According to protocol, it is only necessary for one curtsy to be done when meeting the monarch, so the Duchess would have curtsied to Letizia earlier that morning.
Catherine has come under criticism on social media at the event, with some twitter uses interpreting Catherine's behaviour as 'rude'.
Body language Judi James suggests that Catherine was distracted during her meeting with Queen Letizia, which could have been mistaken for rudeness. She told Cosmopolitan, "A clue that all might not be as it seems in terms of any hints of slight awkwardness might come from the fact that Kate appears to dislike carriage rides because they cause her motion sickness,” Judi said. "Her body language reflected tension during the ride at the Trooping of the Colour and this could be a similar problem for her here."
Both women looked very stylish for the important event. Queen Letizia wore an elegant white midi dress with a black pattern. A simple black purse and elegant fascinator accompanied her Cherubina high-necked dress.
Kate wore a chic white Catherine Walker coat and a matching black hat by Lock and Co.
The ladies watched the procession stood with the Duchess of Cornwall, dressed in a pink Anna Valentine coat dress, and Queen Maxima, who wore a light pink dress with a belt and cape.
The Order of the Garter service was founded in 1348, and includes an annual iconic Garter Day procession, where the Queen dons majestic velvet robes, plumed hats and grand insignia. It is a traditional ceremony which honours 24 knights to recognise their contribution to public life.
Written by Caitlin Butler.
Lauren is deputy editor at woman&home.com in the UK and became a journalist mainly because she enjoys being nosy. With a background in features journalism, Lauren has worked on the woman&home brand for four years. Before woman&home Lauren worked across a variety of women's lifestyle titles, including GoodTo, Woman's Own, and Woman magazine. After starting out working for a local paper in Yorkshire, her journalism career took her to Bristol where she hunted out stories for national papers and magazines at Medavia news agency, before landing a job in London working as a lifestyle assistant.
Lauren loves helping people share their stories, bringing experiences to life online, honing her interview techniques with everyone from authors to celebrities, headteachers to local heroes. As well as having a good nose for a story, Lauren has a passion for the English language and years of experience optimizing digital content to reach the widest audience possible. During her time at w&h, Lauren has worked on big brand campaigns like the Amazing Women Awards and assisted in developing w&h expert-approved Buyer's Guides—the place to go if you're looking to splash out on an important purchase and want some trusted advice. In addition to her journalism career, Lauren also has a background in copywriting for prestigious brands such as Inhabit Hotel, eco-development K'in in Tulum, social enterprise The Goldfinger Factory and leading London architect Holland Harvey, using language in all its glorious forms, from detailed guidebooks to snappy social content.
A big fan of adventure, Lauren is also a keen travel writer and loves sharing tips on where to find the best places to eat, drink, and be merry off the beaten track. Lauren has written a series of travel guides for London hotels and loves sharing her insights into a destination's cultural and culinary offerings. If you need a recommendation on any UK destination, she's more than happy to help. At the weekend, you'll usually find her hanging out with her pet cat (or anyone else's pet she can get her hands on), escaping to the countryside, or devouring a good book.
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