Kate Middleton Borrowed Princess Charlotte’s Signature Move at the Royal Christmas Lunch

It seems Kate Middleton has gleaned a little something from her daughter, Princess Charlotte.

While arriving at Queen Elizabeth’s annual Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace (yes, it’s always this early), the 37-year-old Duchess of Cambridge was seen giving royal well-wishers a familiar move: the Princess Charlotte wave.

Sure, the royal greeting is nothing new, but Princess Charlotte’s version is a little different. See her and Kate’s versions side-by-side below.

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The 4-year-old princess debuted her signature wave at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s 2018 wedding at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. Before walking through the doors and into the ceremony to fulfill her duty as a bridesmaid, Char turned around and greeted the crowd.

So what makes her wave so unique? Well, Charlotte’s version is a bit more enthusiastic than her 93-year-old Gan-Gan Queen Elizabeth’s. Also, instead of cupping her hand and waving it back and forth, Princess Charlotte keeps her hand open with her fingers spread and instead moves side-to-side.

The Duchess of Cambridge took the wave for a swing while driving, which suggests it’s not her first time using The Charlotte as we’'ll call it. (Also, she drives?)

Middleton wore a red plaid tartan dress with a white collar that’s reportedly from Emilia Wickstead to take her royal greeting for a spin. Charlotte appears to have gone with a red jumper for the occasion.

Following the queen’s holiday lunch, which royals like Princess Beatrice and Zara Tindall also attended, the family will make its annual sojourn to Sandringham Estate, where they celebrate Christmas every year. There, Prince George (6) and Princess Charlotte are expected to make their first official Christmas Day debut while attending church.

The Christmas gifts just keep coming.