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Slow and composed, Queen Elizabeth's salute, also known as the royal wave, is a trademark of the Windsors. That's where this tradition comes from
There are many (extravagant) royal traditions we have discovered over the years, from the rule that prohibits women of the English royal family from wearing dark colored nail polish, to the rule that no one can eat garlic in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.
The Windsor family certainly has their own special way of doing anything
And although younger members, like William and Kate and Harry and Meghan, have on multiple occasions put aside royal protocol, there are rules that absolutely cannot be broken.
One of those is the particular way that the Windsors use to greet the crowd, the famous royal wave (the royal greeting).
This typical greeting of Queen Elizabeth, slow and composed, in contrast to a frantic movement of the wrist, has always fascinated fans, curious to know how and why this method of greeting was chosen.
Because Queen Elizabeth greets you like that
A choice dictated for the protection of royalty
According to a new docu-series (currently available on Netflix) on the history of royalty, The Royal House of Windsor, there is a pretty simple reason why the queen always chooses the royal wave to greet her subjects - and it has to do. with the accident prevention.
The series delves into the history of the royal family, explaining how the grandfather of the current queen, King George V, was one of the first royals to take on public commitments in order to gain popularity with the people.
By engaging with the crowd, and making contact with many people, the hand greeting had become the order of the day.
However, when King Edward VIII - son of King George V and uncle of Elizabeth II - ascended the throne, visited a doctor for his sore wrist because of all the greetings and handshakes.
The series explains: “The then prince shook so many hands that he was ordered by the doctor to rest his right hand and use the left ».
Here then is that in order to minimize the risk of injury, It was invented the royal greeting known today as the royal wave that the Windsors use on a daily basis.
A more delicate effort but able to convey all the real elegance.