Does it get any cuter than this? Princess Charlotte served as a flower girl in Princess Eugenie’s wedding to Jack Brooksbank on Friday, Oct. 12. And while we got to see the three-year-old in her royal role in a plethora of photos and videos from the special day, it was especially sweet to see her doing the “Duchess slant” in the official portraits released by Kensington Palace a few days later.
The toddler followed suit of her mother, Kate Middleton, and Aunt Meghan Markle by adopting the style of sitting. The “Duchess slant” is when a woman’s knees and ankles are kept tightly together and her legs are slanted to the side, and it was allegedly named after the Duchess of Cambridge. The late Princess Diana was also a fan of the royals-favorite position.
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Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank have today released official photographs from their Wedding Day. Prince George and Princess Charlotte were Page Boy and Bridesmaid respectively for the ceremony at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. Front row (left to right): Miss Mia Tindall; Miss Savannah Phillips; Miss Maud Windsor. Back row (left to right): Prince George; Princess Charlotte; Miss Theodora Williams; Miss Isla Phillips; Master Louis De Givenchy. Photo: Alex Bramall
“Typically the ‘Duchess slant’ is used when a lady has to sit for an extended amount of time while keeping poise and posture. It is the perfect pose for when a camera is shooting directly in front of you because by slightly slanting the knees to create a zig-zag effect when wearing a dress or skirt, your legs are angled so that the camera only shoots the sides of your legs and protects your modesty,” Myka Meier, a royal etiquette expert and the founder and director of Beaumont Etiquette, told People.
She added, “‘The Duchess slant’ is one of the most elegant and flattering ways to sit because it has a lengthening effect on the legs. The key with the technique is to square your shoulders straight ahead while maintaining perfect posture. Keeping knees and ankles together at all times, position your legs so that you create a slant, angling your knees to the side. Hands should be folded one over the other and placed in your lap.”
In order to avoid criticism, women in the royal family must take the slant very seriously. According to Meier, a woman crossing her legs at the knees is one of the “biggest etiquette mistakes a lady can make.” To instead cross the legs at the ankles is “sophisticated, protects vulnerabilities, and looks fabulous in photos,” the expert added. If we start doing the “Duchess slant” will it make us princesses? Here’s hoping!
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