a report by US Weekly. This sounds like a typical response for a first-time grandfather … and far more excited than how other members of the Royal Family sound about the birth of HRH Prince George of Cambridge.Prince Charles told the press he was “thrilled and very excited” and that it was a “wonderfully uplifting moment” for our country—and that he celebrated with his wife, Camilla, by popping a bottle of champagne, according to
The royal newborn’s great-great aunt, Princess Anne, was quoted as saying that the birth had “nothing to do with me, but it’s very good news.” It’s a similar sentiment expressed to the press by Queen Elizabeth’s cousin, Margaret Rhodes, who wasn’t “terribly excited” about the impending birth because “everyone has babies.” And of course, last week, Queen Elizabeth herself had grumbled to crowds that she hoped the baby would be born soon so it wouldn’t interrupt her holiday plans.
These responses may sound rude, but etiquette experts say that it’s an example of a cultural difference between the US and the UK. “The British do tend to be more reserved than Americans,” Sean Oliver, consultant at Language and Culture Worldwide, told Yahoo! Shine. And since public figures in America tend to be more outwardly expressive, a realistic response—which it sounds like Princess Anne gave—sounds negative to our ears. Luckily, there seems to be a quick translation guide from British to American: Add your own exclamation points to any royal response (!!!)
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