Theresa May’s awkward curtsy strikes again

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Theresa May has hit the headlines again for the curtsy she rolls out for members of the Royal Family.

Instead of an elegant bob, the Prime Minister’s curtsy looks more like a crooked lunge, leaving the Duke of Cambridge a little nonplussed at Amiens Cathedral on Thursday.

In June, Mrs May treated William to a similar display at a ceremony at the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre with her long legs splayed out awkwardly.

Theresa May becomes PM
The Queen welcomes Theresa May at the start of an audience when she invited the then home secretary to become Prime Minister (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

It states, “To make a curtsy briefly bend your knees with one foot forward”, a movement the PM seems to struggle with.

Mrs May is not the first politician to over-egg her curtsy, Margaret Thatcher habitually dipped almost to a crouching position while greeting the Queen.

Margaret Thatcher's royal curtsy
Baroness Thatcher struggles to perform an elegant bob curtsy to the Queen, crouching instead (David Cheskin/PA)

Despite attending the exclusive Hurst Lodge preparatory school, Sarah Ferguson executed an awkward manoeuvre on her wedding day.

In a voluminous silk dress, the Duchess of York might as well have prostrated herself on the floor as she greeted her new mother-in-law, the Queen.

Sarah Ferguson's elaborate curtsy
Sarah Ferguson struggles to strike the right note with her curtsy to the Queen at her wedding to Prince Andrew (PA)

The duchess told undercover reporter Mazher Mahmood that for £500,000 he would get “open doors” access to Andrew.

Men get off lightly when it comes to royal protocol and are merely required to bow.

Debrett’s states a bow should be “made by bending from the neck or shoulders while briefly lowering your eyes”.

Foremr Australian prime minister Julia Gillard greets the Queen
Julia Gillard sidesteps the curtsy problem by shaking the Queen’s hand (Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA)

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