Strict royal rule means Kate Middleton can’t look down while getting off planes

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For many of us, travel may feel like a distant memory – but hopefully in the near future it will become a normal part of our lives again.

For the royals, traveling all over the world is part of their job.

But just as with many other areas of life as part of the Royal Family, rules apply to travel.

Kate Middleton must follow a very strict rule when she travels by plane – which Prince William doesn’t.

The same rule applies to all female members of the Royal Family when they are disembarking the plane.

The etiquette rule means a woman must keep their chin level to the stairs as they leave the aircraft.

This means they can’t look down at the steps to see where they are putting their feet.

If a woman does this it means they appear to have good posture, and allows them to appear engaged with whatever is in front of them.

However, there is a fine balance between having their chin too high, which would suggest hastiness, or too low, which means disinterest.

Luckily, they are allowed to hold onto the hand rail to steady themselves.

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Or males escorting them can offer their arm, but otherwise they must keep their hands at their sides.

Female royals, including the Queen, need to descent gracefully.

This can often be tricky, especially when it’s very windy and they have to ensure their skirt doesn’t raise.

Etiquette trainer Myka Meier told The Sun: “One should keep their back straight, chin parallel to the floor and square the shoulders.”

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Male royals often choose to walk in front of the females.

This is to make sure their partners don’t trip down the stairs, as well as to greet foreign dignitaries on the tarmac.

Prince William is also often spotted “extending a hand backwards” to help Kate down the stairs.

However, when the Queen descended the stairs on royal tours, she would walk ahead of her husband Prince Philip.

This is due to her seniority.

  • Prince William
  • Royal Family
  • Kate Middleton Duchess Of Cambridge

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