by Jenna Rosenstein
Getty Images It was the twirl heard 'round the world: Kate Middleton set off a media firestorm this week for daring to adjust a curl, in public, at an otherwise somber Remembrance Day event. Some labeled her insensitive; others lamented her vanity. Still others wondered how this could possibly be a news item. Well, I'm here to defend Kate's honor, and her hair, with the help of Debrett's A-Z of Modern Manners, a British guide to proper decorum.
If you have not yet seen the shocking images, you may picture Kate chomping on a piece of gum, using one hand to twirl her hair while checking her phone with the other. In fact, however, over the course of about three seconds, Kate spots a rogue curl, twists it around her finger, and lets it rest on her shoulder. That's it. Was she showing concern for her appearance at a rather untimely moment? Yes. Did she do anything wrong? Let's consult the book.
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