KATE, the Duchess of Cambridge was forced to bow behind Princess Anne as the “order of precedence came into force” during their joint royal outing, a royal expert noted.The Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Anne carried out their first joint royal engagement last week. The outing took place at The Royal College of Midwives and The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Despite Kate being next in line to become Queen, Anne held more status than her at this particular event because Anne is a “princess by blood”.
Speaking to host Pandora Forsyth on the Daily Express’ Royal Round-Up, royal correspondent Richard Palmer discussed Anne’s higher status on this day.Speaking of the “interesting” part of the pair’s royal outing, Mr Palmer said: “The order of precedence came into force. “[This is] because Anne is a princess by blood and Kate was not with her husband”. The royal expert said that Anne was “deemed to be the more senior royal in the order of precedence there”. Mr Palmer continued: “So, in the court circular, Princess Royal came first and then the Duchess of Cambridge”.Host Pandora said: “[It’s] probably quite nice for Kate to take the back seat slightly”.
Mr Palmer added: “I think it confused everybody because, from what I understand, the police were telling the media, the more senior one, Kate, is going to get out from this side and Princess Anne’s going to get out on this side. “So they clearly saw the Duchess of Cambridge as the more senior one”. Royal protocol claims that when the two were out together, without Prince William, Catherine has to curtesy to Anne.
When William is present, his rank takes precedence and Anne has to curtsey.uring the outing, it is clear that Kate hovers slightly behind the Princess Royal. When the pair arrived at the main building doors, because of the “order of precedence”, Anne was greeted first. Both showed interest at the event, particularly during the demonstration of an emergency caesarean section. During this part of the outing, Anne took centre stage and lead with the questioning, while the Duchess took a back seat.During the demonstration, Kate was seen smiling and laughing as the Princess Royal told a story about when she was pregnant, she feared one of her babies had become “wedged”. As the pair left the building, again, Princess Anne walked slightly ahead. On departure, they were met by some schoolgirls with some flowers