The Duchess of Cambridge has been accused of breaking royal protocol

The Duchess of Cambridge has ignited a furore after daring to “walk in front” of her husband. These latest photos
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The Duchess of Cambridge has ignited a furore after daring to “walk in front” of her husband. These latest photos have cause people to question whether the Order Of Precedence should apply in 2016.

Catherine and William visited XLP London today, a charity dedicated to supporting young people living in disadvantaged urban areas. Upon entering the building, Catherine was photographed stepping ahead of William.

“Why does she always insist on walking ahead of him?” incensed royalists wrote on Instagram. “Protocol won’t allow that when he’s king – know your place”.

Another royal watcher added, “Look carefully at other pictures. William usually has his hand on her back and is ushering her before him”.

Other members of the public were more relaxed about the Order Of Precedence though. “Who cares?” one wrote online. “Too funny that comments were even made”.

Normally, the Order Of Precedence would dictate that Catherine walks one pace behind William. This is because the Duke of Cambridge shares royal blood, but his wife does not.

In reality, William often holds hands with Catherine or places his hand on her back. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge certainly approach the Order Of Precedence in a much more casual manner then their predecessors, Prince Charles and Princess Diana.

In any case, Queen Elizabeth is said to have changed the Order Of Precedence in 2012. Her new mandate meant that Catherine was still required to step behind “blood princesses”. Such women include Princesses Anne, Beatrice and Eugenie, all of whom were born royal.

It seems a shame that a literal “step out of place” could detract from charity work being undertaken by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Their efforts at XLP London today were intended to highlight young people dealing with emotional, behavioural and relational challenges.

“Their Royal Highnesses heard from mentors and mentees about their experiences with a range of issues – from domestic violence to gang involvement”, Kensington Palace explained via Instagram. “XLP has helped them overcome these challenges to create a more positive future”.

Are you bothered that Catherine walked in front of William? Should the Order of Precedence always be observed? Or is this tradition outdated in 2016?

The offending photograph is below:

Kate normally stays one step behind “blood” royalty:

    • Jennie graham  

      Exactly he is a gentleman he is not worried about protocol he puts his wife 1st and that is nice to see

  1. Marilyn budden  

    What a lot of garbage. We are in the modern world. Who cares who walks first so long as they get the job done. Neither are any different than each other. No one is Royal but they serve a purpose which is what England stands for and what to some extent brings tourists to England.
    So long as they do charity work to pay there way no foul.

  2. For goodness sake, the year is 2016 the world has moved on. Let them live in the present not the past..

  3. I think overall Kate does the right thing and yes protocol should be updated It is a whole new world these days. Also Prince William does usually have his hand on Kate’s back therefore leading her first so it is what Prince William does, That sees whether Kate walks in front, beside or behind.

    • Ria Young  

      I agree, and I think William is being the perfect gentleman for doing this. If my huband/man friend always walked in front of me I would turn around and go the otherway to somewhere else.

  4. Catherine has every right to walk beside her husband – maybe a little different if he was king – but he is not at the moment. So let her be a wife and him a caring husband then their marriage will work. Cut out the subservience – it does not work in this new world.

    • Roberta Murphy  

      no different if he was King. It is a humiliating rule.

  5. Catherine has every right to walk beside her husband – maybe a little different if he was king – but he is not at the moment. So let her be a wife and him a caring husband then their marriage will work. Cut out the subservience – it does not work in this new world.

  6. I agree with the other comments .
    Focus on the reason for the visit ; the cause they are supporting – NOT who walks where , what they are wearing , etc.

  7. Jon Austin  

    Hopefully we in Australia are living in the final years of the reign of Elizabeth the Last, and then the Republic.

  8. Carol  

    Give me a break! Is William complaining? Are we still living in the dark ages?
    I agree with this comment Irene Halls made as I’ve noticed this myself : “Prince William does usually have his hand on Kate’s back therefore leading her first so it is what Prince William does, that sees whether Kate walks in front, beside or behind.”
    If he is a gentleman and opens a door for her does that mean she has to refuse, stop and hold the door for him to walk in first before her?
    Words fail me at such minor BS – aren’t there more important things to worry about?

    • Carol  

      Have a look at the black & white photo of them – both heads tilted the same way, both same big happy smiles, both clasping their hands the same – this couple are so happy together and so in tune with each other.

  9. Susan  

    He is not bothered, why should we be?

  10. Perhaps for the Monarch or Prince of Wales but surely this is a non-event in the 2016 world.

  11. Faye  

    Let him walk in front!
    Landmines???
    You never know…
    Always let hubby walk in front..

    (This is a joke… not being nasty….lol)

    • Monika  

      Has royal blood ever been tested and found different from others? Oh I forgot – it is blue! Must be so pale after all these centuries of dilution. That’s what “good” Muslim women are supposed to do – walk behind the man in deference to his superiority.

      It’s all such a load of crap

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