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Reasoning behind the Queen’s iconic vertical wave

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Reasoning behind the Queen’s iconic vertical wave


According to Netflix’s The Royal House of Windsor, King George V significantly boosted the monarch’s public activities. George’s frequent public appearances meant he’d have to shake a lot of hands. As a result, his wrist would ache a lot.

His son, King Edward VIII, would need to see a doctor after his arm began to hurt from repeated waving.

According to the documentary, “while on tour, the prince shook so many hands that his doctor ordered him to rest his right hand and use his left.”

As a result, in order to avoid future casualties, the royal wave was made slower and more controlled.

On ABC News in 2012, royal expert Victoria Arbiter described it as “a vertical hand with a slight twist from the wrist, a classy affair that oozes decorum but doesn’t get too excitable.”

To preserve her wrist, the Queen’s daughter, Anne, Princess Royal, avoids shaking hands entirely: “The theory was that you couldn’t shake hands with everyone, so don’t start.”


“So I kind of stick with that, but I noticed others don’t.”

Plans for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Queen Elizabeth II is about to create history for the second time. She will be the first British monarch to celebrate a platinum jubilee, celebrating 70 years of service since her accession to the throne, in 2022.

From Thursday, 2 June through Sunday, 5 June 2022, there will be a four-day Bank Holiday weekend with the Big Jubilee Lunch, which will bring communities together “in a spirit of fun and friendship.” Following the lunch, the Platinum Jubilee Pageant will take place, with over 5,000 people from across the United Kingdom and Commonwealth taking part in an outdoor festival combining street arts, theater, music, a circus, a carnival, and more to mark seven decades of the queen’s reign and honor the collective “service of people and communities across the country.”

The Platinum Party at the Palace, a live performance at Buckingham Palace, will include “the world’s biggest entertainment stars”

In November 2020, the Royal Family and the United Kingdom’s Culture Secretary first revealed details about the June 2022 events. More information on the event, which is now precisely a year away, has been disclosed.

Beacons will be lighted across the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, and UK Overseas Territories.

For the first time, beacons will be illuminated in each of the Commonwealth countries’ capital cities, including New Delhi, to commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Except for the Big Jubilee Lunch, the Queen is expected to attend all of the festivities.

“There has been some slowing down for several years, but she is still very engaged,” said BBC royal journalist Nicholas Witchell.

“Certainly she and the Palace will be hoping this will be an opportunity for people across the United Kingdom to show their continued commitment to, and regard and affection for, this particular monarch.”

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