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Why did Kate Middleton Decline to Sign an Autograph for a School Kid?

Kate Middleton recently refused to sign an autograph for a school kid. The Princess of Wales didn’t sign the autograph for the school kid as she was just following an unspoken royal protocol.

For those of you who are unaware, let us share with you, it’s against a royal protocol for members of the royal family to sign autographs. Keep scrolling further to know more details about the incident.

Kate Middleton refuses to sign an autograph for a school kid

On Monday, May 22, 2023, the Princess of Wales stepped out in London and paid a surprise visit to the Chelsea Flower Show, where she spent a lot of time with school children. She marked her presence at the inaugural Children’s Picnic.

Along with this, Kate also toured different displays of the world-famous garden show with 100 kids from 10 different elementary schools. According to a report by People magazine, during her recent outing, a school kid asked her to sign an autograph.

At that point, the mom of three politely refused to sign an autograph for a school kid because she didn’t want to break a royal protocol. She told the school kid, “I can’t write my name, but I can draw.”

Soon after, Middleton who is a member of the British royal family drew a flower for a 7-year-old girl named Ruby. She also drew a tree and a pond surrounded by plants for the other children.

When Kate was asked again why she cannot sign her name, the U.K. native replied, “My name’s Catherine. I’m not allowed to write my signature, it’s just one of those rules.”

Why royals cannot sign autographs?

Kate Middleton not signing an autograph for a school kid is not a personal choice rather it’s all about the royal protocol. It has been reported by the media outlet Daily Express, that the members of the royal family don’t sign autographs for the fans to avoid the risk of their signs being forged.

Charles was officially crowned king earlier this month

Yeah, you read that right. Earlier this month, the coronation ceremony of Charles was held at Westminster Abbey on May 6. William, Kate, and their three kids: Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis were present to witness the historic moment.

After the coronation, King Charles thanked all the people for their well-wishes and support by issuing a statement on social media. The statement read, “As the Coronation weekend draws to a close, my wife and I just wanted to share our most sincere and heartfelt thanks to all those who have helped to make this such a special occasion.”

He further added, “We pay particular tribute to the countless people who have given their time and dedication to ensuring that the celebrations in London, Windsor and further afield were as happy, safe and enjoyable as possible.”

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Meenal Mehta
Hi, I am Meenal. I'm a travel enthusiast, a movie buff and a cricket fan all wrapped in one. I love to capture moments through my words. Writing is my happy space, it has been a great way of putting all my thoughts out and feel liberated.


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