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7 Strict Rules Royal Children Need to Follow

And you thought YOUR parents were strict.

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Learn the proper wave

You know that Windsor wave: Keep the hand straight and subtly twist the wrist—and don’t flap with the whole arm. Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis already seem to be mastering how to wave to onlookers. Their current choice of wave is a bit more enthusiastic than the rest of their family’s more delicate style, but they’ll likely tone it down when they’re older.

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Don’t keep every gift

The public loves giving presents like books and stuffed animals to royal children, but the kids might not be able to play with them. According to official royal policy, any gifts received on an official duty aren’t the young royals’ personal property but belong to the Queen, who has the final say in what’s kept and what will be donated.

Check out the strangest gifts the Queen has ever received.

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Learn a foreign language

As figureheads for an entire nation, the royal family is expected to be able to speak in foreign tongues during official visits—and that training starts young. Queen Elizabeth II is fluent in French, Prince Charles and Prince William can speak at least six languages between them, and Prince Harry has spoken Arabic during a speech in Dubai. From a young age, royal children are expected to follow in those language-learning footsteps.

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Follow bowing and curtseying etiquette

Even senior members of the royal family need to bow or curtsey to the Queen, and the youngest princes and princesses are no exception. Royal children are reportedly supposed to start following the rule around age five, though Charlotte was already showing off her curtseying skills to diplomats when she was just two years old.

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Boys should wear shorts

Weather permitting, little boys in the royal family will be in shorts and not pants, even when it’s chilly enough for a sweater. In England, shorts signal higher class for young boys, so the royal family typically keeps their sons out of trousers until they’re about eight years old.

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Get baptized in a historic gown

After Queen Victoria was baptized as a baby in 1841, her gown was kept and used for 62 more royal babies’ christenings over the next 163 years. In 2004, the original gown was retired and replaced with a replica.

Find out 24 more fascinating Queen Victoria facts.

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Don’t travel with another direct heir

Traditionally, direct heirs to the throne—such as Prince William, who’s second in line, and his son Prince George, who’s third in line—don’t travel on the same plane together for a cynical reason: If there’s an emergency, it’s best not to put two heirs at risk. Prince William and Kate Middleton have been bucking that unwritten rule with their own kids, but they had to get permission from the Queen first. Reportedly, William and George will be split up in planes when the third-in-line turns 12.

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