The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are almost never this openly affectionate.
Kate Middleton and Prince William made a rare public display of affection for each other today at the Royal Charity Polo Cup. The couple kissed in front of photographers and were photographed with their arms around each other at one point. Kate’s appearance was a happy but unexpected addition to the charity game.
Kate and William are usually very reserved in public, not even holding hands. However, there is no royal protocol restricting public displays of affection; it simply depends on the couple’s choices.
“It’s up to each and every royal and royal couple how affectionate they are,” Beaumont Etiquette’s Founder and Director Myka Meier, a British American trained by a former member of the Queen’s household, told ELLE in July 2018. “There’s no protocol that tells them they can’t hug or kiss or touch. There’s no rule book like that. Each senior member of the royal family is trusted to make the judgment calls of what’s appropriate and when. It’s all about being trusted to make those calls on their own.”
Kate and William were also seen together at a Wimbledon match yesterday. They were photographed talking in the stands, but there was no PDA to be seen. Kate flaunts a blue polka dot dress by Alessandra Rich yesterday. She wore a black and white Emilia Wickstead dress to the polo match today, along with the couple’s dog Orla, who was also a surprise guest.